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April 27-29, 2017: The draft takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
Score one for Philadelphia: The 82nd NFL Draft will return to the city for the first time in more than 50 years from April 27-29, 2017.
Taking place annually, the draft is when the National Football League (NFL) teams select eligible college football players to add to their rosters.
Surrounding the event, Philadelphia will host the FREE NFL Draft Experience. Look forward to three days of festivities — all taking place outdoors on the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway — that allow fans to enjoy interactive experiences, get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and more.
The Philadelphia NFL Draft event is slated to be the largest fan experience ever produced by the NFL.
The NFL Draft Experience will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for three days this April. (Image courtesy NFL Draft/PHLCVB)
The NFL Draft Experience is FREE to attend and open to the public!
The draft itself will take place in a 3,000-seat open-air theater on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the lottery for tickets to sit inside the theater has closed.
BUT more than 200,000 people are expected to check out the NFL Draft Experience, a free three-day event (also on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) featuring dozens of fun, interactive experiences.
Plus, the draft will be televised on enormous screens throughout the NFL Draft Experience grounds. That means attendees won't miss a minute of the draft action.
More than 2000,000 people are expected to check out the free, three-day NFL Draft Experience on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (above). (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
To gain the full experience, fans are encouraged to download the Fan Mobile Pass.
Also, a limited number of stand-by tickets will be available to attend the draft itself. Fans must check-in at the event through the Fan Mobile Pass on April 27 for Round 1, April 28 for Rounds 2-3 and April 29 for Rounds 4-7.
The NFL Draft returns to its roots this year! On February 8, 1936, the very first NFL Draft took place at Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton.
The selection consisted of nine rounds, zero team scouts and no media coverage. Teams took turns picking from the 90 names written on a blackboard.
The city has hosted the draft 11 times total, with the last event taking place here in 1961.
Beyond the NFL Draft sports action, more than 200,000 fans are expected to participate in the FREE 2017 NFL Draft Experience.
This year’s NFL Draft Experience takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from April 27-29, 2017 with 25 football fields' worth of action. It will be the largest festival footprint ever created by the NFL.
Look forward to participating in interactive experiences (including a 100-yard zip line!), get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and much more.
For a full-size map of the Draft Experience grounds, click the image above. (Map courtesy NFL Draft/PHLCVB)
In order to take part in all of the activities and events at the NFL Draft Experience, attendees are strongly encouraged to download for the Fan Mobile Pass. The pass is required to enjoy a number of the activities on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Click "Download the App." Once the Fan Mobile Pass app is downloaded, open the app and click the QR code in the top right corner of the app to register with your email address.
Click the button below for more information.
Are you ready for three days of free football fun on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (above)? (Image courtesy NFL Draft/PHLCVB)
This year's NFL Draft Experience includes interactive exhibits like the Combine Corner and NFL Virtual Reality, awesome memorabilia in an NFL Museum, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and access to view media interviews with NFL greats.
For the full lineup of activities, events and attractions at the NFL Draft Experience, click the button below.
Attendees can look forward to dozens of interactive experiences at the NFL Draft Experience. (Image courtesy NFL Draft/PHLCVB)
Philadelphia, the second largest city on the East Coast and the fifth largest in the nation, is conveniently located in the middle of the Northeast Corridor, 100 miles south of New York, 133 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 55 miles from Atlantic City.
In fact, more than 63 million people – approximately a quarter of the U.S. population – live within a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Philadelphia.
But once you're here, you don’t have to drive; Philadelphia is accessible by car, train and bus.
Aside from walking, Philadelphia's excellent transit system is the best way to get around town. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the nation's fifth-largest transit system, is the most comprehensive bus/subway/commuter-rail system in the United States. SEPTA's vast network of bus, subway and trolley commuter services will get you anywhere you need to go — or at least very close.
For more info on SEPTA and the NFL Draft Experience, click the button below.
Free parking for NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience attendees will be available in two locations in Philadelphia.
Fans can park for FREE at SugarHouse Casino on the Delaware River Waterfront as part of the casino's Philly Draft House celebration. A FREE Draft House Party Shuttle will then transport fans to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway every hour on the hour. Note that this shuttle is for fans 21 and older only.
Fans can also park for FREE at the sports stadium complex in South Philadelphia beginning at 3 p.m. on April 27 and continuing through April 29. Use the following address to navigate to the complex: 3300 S. 7th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148. From there, festival-goers can hop on the nearby Broad Street Subway at the AT&T Station, located at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, and take it to the City Hall stop. The NFL Draft Experience is within walking distance from the City Hall stop.
For more information on parking, click here.
Fast, convenient and affordable. That’s the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop. Riders pay $2 per ride or $5 for a day pass to get to 22 stops along its attraction-heavy route.
The PHLASH, which will be running during the NFL Draft Experience, is a great way to get around the city. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
The PHLASH will be running an added service day on Thursday, April 27 to welcome visitors for the NFL Draft Experience. It will also run Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The NFL Draft Experience can be most easily accessed from Stop 6 (18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in front of the Cathedral Basilica) and Stop 10 (just behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building) on the route. Note that PHLASH will re-route around some road closures due to the draft.
For more info on PHLASH during the NFL Draft Experience, click the button below.
Taxis can be found all over town and are great ways to get to various destinations throughout the city if you’re in a hurry. Cabs are easy to find at transportation hubs like the Philadelphia International Airport and 30th Street Station, but you can also hail one the old fashioned way on most busy city streets.
Year after year, Philadelphia is rated as one of the best walking cities in the country. And it’s no wonder why – the city layout is simple to master and the neighborhood streets are filled with fun and diverse shops, restaurants, museums, parks and people.
The compact Center City boasts founder William Penn’s easy-to-follow grid street design. It spans just 25 blocks between two rivers – the Schuylkill and the Delaware. In between, the north/south streets are numbered and the east/west streets have tree names (e.g., Walnut, Spruce, Pine).
In addition, Center City has five main parks or squares (Franklin, Washington, Rittenhouse, Logan and Center), conveniently spread out so as to serve as perfect rest stops during your day out. Curb cut-outs make the city stroller and wheelchair accessible.
Colorful directional signs called “Walk! Philadelphia” have been added throughout Center City that will help you navigate even better. And when the feet get tired, there are plenty of options for getting around town – some practical, some just plain fun.
Philadelphia is ready to welcome visitors for the NFL Draft!
There are more than 11,000 hotel rooms in Center City. Some 4,500 rooms surround the Philadelphia International Airport.
Browse the hotels available in the Greater Philadelphia area by clicking the button below.
Looking for a deal when you visit Philadelphia? The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package allows you to score a ton of sweet perks when you stay over at a participating hotel.
The package this spring includes $202 in savings, including free hotel parking, a free Uber ride (up to $210), free bike share passes and more.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and get more than $200 in perks, including free Indego bike share rides (above). (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Another accommodation option for Philadelphia visitors and travelers: Airbnb.
Philadelphia became the largest U.S. city to allow Airbnb to operate when it signed an agreement with the company in 2015.
With a presence in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries, Airbnb has become a resource both for travelers looking for unique accommodations around the world and for residents looking to open up their homes, apartments and more to visitors.
From row homes to apartments, private bedrooms to hostels, travelers have tons of options on where to stay, how long to stay for and much more.
For more information on Airbnb in Philadelphia, click the button below.
The lottery for tickets to the NFL Draft Theater has closed, but a limited number of stand-by tickets will be available on the week of the event. To become eligible, fans must check-in at the event through the Fan Mobile Pass app on April 27 for Round 1, April 28 for Rounds 2-3 and April 29 for Rounds 4-7. The NFL Draft Experience is FREE with registration on the app.
Tickets are only required for the 3,000-seat theater. The NFL Draft Experience is FREE and open to the public, but to gain the full experience, fans are encouraged to download the Fan Mobile Pass.
The NFL Draft Experience is FREE to attend and open to the public.
Fans can enter the NFL Draft Experience on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th and 21st streets.
FREE parking will be available for NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience attendees at both SugarHouse Casino and at the sports complex in South Philadelphia. Scroll up to the "Staying Over and Getting Around" section for more information.
Road closures for the NFL Draft Experience will begin April 10 and last through May 7. Parking restrictions will take effect beginning April 25. Click here for details on all of the affected areas.
The NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience will take place rain or shine, with the exception of extreme weather conditions that pose a threat to public safety. In the unlikely event that such a situation occurs, postponement information for fans will be made available on NFL.com/Draft.
The NFL Draft will air nationally via the NFL Network and ESPN on Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m., Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 at noon.
For more information about the NFL Draft, click the button below.
Looking for more things to do while you're in town for the NFL Draft? Whether you want to grab a bite to eat in the nearby Fairmount neighborhood or want to explore some of the city's top attractions, look no further than our wealth of guides to the best of Philadelphia, below.