Details Emerge on the NFL Draft April 25-27 in Downtown Detroit That Will Draw Hundreds of Thousands

Details about the largest event in Detroit since 2006 are starting to emerge. Here’s what we know about the 2024 NFL Draft so far.
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The 2024 NFL Draft will be held in and around Hart Plaza, Cadillac Square, Campus Martius, and several other activated public spaces outside of the main footprint. // Map courtesy of Visit Detroit

The largest Detroit event since the city hosted Superbowl XL in 2006 will take place when the highly anticipated National Football League Draft is held downtown April 25-27.

With free admission, more than 300,000 visitors are expected to view in-person the celebrated red-carpet spectacle that draws over 60 million television viewers each year when NFL Commissioner announces and introduces the top collegiate players selected by their new teams.

Last year, an estimated 312,000 fans attended the NFL Draft in Kansas City. However, organizers believe the attendance in Detroit will likely be even greater given that unlike Kansas City, rabid football fans are expected to come from Canada and six relatively close NFL cities. Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh are within a 4 ½ hour or less drive.

At a Detroit City Council meeting held on Tuesday, more specific details were revealed as to where the draft and other festivities will take place:

  • A gigantic “Draft Theater” stage where the players are announced and introduced will be located near the intersection of Randolph and Monroe streets near Greektown, within a massive footprint that stretches through Cadillac Square and Campus Martius Park, before turning south down Woodward Avenue through Hart Plaza at the riverfront.
  • The NFL’s football-themed park, “The NFL Draft Experience” features exhibits and family-friendly interactive activities at Hart Plaza.
  • Officials plan additional events and entertainment outside of the draft footprint at Greektown, The District Detroit at Columbia Street, Eastern Market, Beacon Park, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park, Harmonie Park, and along Woodward Avenue.
  • The “Corner Ballpark” located at the former Tiger Stadium site in Corktown will host other related events and a watch party.
  • A red-carpet event at the Fox Theatre will be held on the afternoon of April 25.
  • A “hustle dance” will take place from the Draft Theater to Hart Plaza on the final day.

It was also revealed that a comprehensive security plan will be adopted and provided by numerous local, state, and federal agencies.

More details on the NFL Draft events and road closures will be provided later, according to officials.

Public spaces outside of the NFL Draft footprint hosting activities include Beacon Park, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park, Eastern Market, and more. // Map courtesy of Visit Detroit.

Schedule of Events:

  • Thursday, April 25
    2024 NFL Draft Experience
    Noon-10 p.m., Campus Martius Park/Hart Plaza
  • 2024 NFL Draft Day 1 (Round 1)
    8-11 p.m., Draft Theater, Randolph and Monroe Sts.
  • Friday, April 26
    2024 NFL Draft Experience
    Noon-10 p.m., Campus Martius Park/Hart Plaza
  • 2024 NFL Draft Day 2 (Rounds 2-3)
    7-11 p.m., Draft Theater, Randolph and Monroe Sts
  • Saturday, April 27
    2024 NFL Draft Experience
    9 a.m.-6 p.m., Campus Martius Park/Hart Plaza
  • 2024 NFL Draft Day 3 (Rounds 4-7)
    12-7 p.m., Draft Theater, Randolph and Monroe Sts.

Those planning to attend within the NFL footprint need to download the free app “NFL OnePass” and register. If someone does not have a smartphone, ambassadors will be on site to help people get access. Up-to-date details on event information, activities, the map footprint, security, and entry procedures will be on the NFL OnePass app. Also check out the Visit Detroit “Ultimate Guide to the 2024 NFL Draft” page at visitdetroit.com/2024nfldraft.