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2024 NFL Draft in Detroit

April 25 - April 27


2024 NFL Draft in Detroit


DATE Hours of Operation
Thursday, April 25 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, April 26 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

2024 NFL Draft: What You Need to Know

The 2024 NFL Draft, set to take place in Detroit, Michigan from April 25 to 27, marks a pivotal moment for teams to strengthen their rosters. With the Chicago Bears securing the first pick and the event featuring 257 selections across seven rounds, anticipation among fans and stakeholders is at an all-time high. This draft class is headlined by talents like USC’s Caleb Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, and Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr., showcasing the depth of prospects set to enter the league.

Broadcasted across platforms including ESPN, ABC, NFL Network, and more, the NFL Draft offers an unparalleled opportunity for fans to witness the future of the league unfold. Understanding the significance of these selections and the impact they hold over teams’ fortunes underscores the draft’s importance in shaping the NFL’s competitive landscape.

The Significance of the NFL Draft

Understanding the significance of the NFL Draft is crucial for fans and teams alike. Here’s a breakdown of its key aspects:

  • Annual Event & Team Strategy: The NFL Draft, taking place annually, is where teams select new players to bolster their rosters. It’s a strategic event where teams have a set time to make their picks, with the possibility of trading picks or players to better position themselves for success.
  • Draft Order & Eligibility: The selection order is determined by the previous season’s standings, aiming to level the playing field by allowing teams with lower standings to pick earlier. Players eligible for the draft must have been out of high school for at least three years and used up their college eligibility, ensuring they are prepared for the professional level.
  • Impact on Teams & Players: This event is pivotal for the future of every NFL team, allowing them to acquire fresh talent to improve their chances of success. For players, being drafted is not just a significant career milestone but also has substantial financial implications, changing their lives and those of their families. The draft is considered the lifeblood of building a winning team, with the right selections boosting team morale, fan excitement, and ultimately, the team’s performance on the field.

Key Events and Attractions at the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit

At the heart of the festivities is the 2024 NFL Draft Experience presented by Rocket Mortgage, a free, family-friendly event that spans all three days of the Draft. Highlights include:

  • Interactive Fun and Games: Fans can immerse themselves in football through participatory games, immersive exhibits, and sponsor activations. The Vince Lombardi Trophy also presents a unique photo opportunity, alongside autograph sessions with current NFL players and Legends.
  • Youth Engagement: Special attention is given to younger fans with youth-focused activities. NFL FLAG skills and drills, along with football clinics, are set to take place at Corktown and Corner Ballpark, ensuring that the NFL Draft is an event for all ages.
  • Local Culture and Entertainment: Embracing Detroit’s rich heritage, the Draft will feature a Taste of Detroit concessions showcasing local fare, while Day 3 of the Draft will celebrate Detroit’s Hustle with dance performances across Campus Martius Park. Viewing parties at various parks and street activations from State St. to Park Ave, including Parker’s Alley and The BELT, will further enliven the city’s atmosphere.

This vibrant array of activities underscores the NFL Draft’s role as a cornerstone event that extends beyond the selections, offering fans an immersive and memorable experience.

Key Events and Attractions in Windsor

  • On Saturday, April 27 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, the NFL Draft Block Party will light up the 300 block of Ouellette Avenue, between University Avenue and Park Street. Featured performers include the Jody Raffoul Band, Huttch, Royce Da 5’9, Nasaan, and Daniel Hex. Click here for more details.

How Fans Can Engage with the Draft

Engaging with the 2024 NFL Draft is made seamless and interactive for fans through the NFL OnePass app and the official website. Here’s how fans can maximize their Draft experience:

  1. Registration and Access:
    • Download the NFL OnePass app or visit NFL.com/DraftAccess for free registration.
    • Registration provides access to the 2024 NFL Draft Experience presented by Rocket Mortgage, digital content, and a chance to win exclusive prizes.
  2. Exclusive Opportunities:
    • By registering on the NFL OnePass app, fans are automatically entered for a chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl LIX in New Orleans in 2025.
  3. Event Entry and Policies:
    • The NFL Clear Bag Policy is in effect, ensuring a safe environment for all attendees.
    • Fans must undergo airport-level screening and adhere to the prohibited items list available on the NFL website.
    • The NFL Draft and its associated events are smoke-free zones, and fans are advised to avoid bringing bags to facilitate smoother entry processes.
  4. Staying Informed:
    • Sign up for the official newsletter or register for updates at VisitDetroit.com/2024NFLDraft to receive insider information and updates.
    • More information on events in Windsor, Ontario can be found here.
    • The “On the Clock Tour” by City of Detroit and Visit Detroit features food trucks, arcade games, and football-themed activities, enriching the fan experience leading up to the Draft in April 2024.

By leveraging these platforms and adhering to event policies, fans can fully immerse themselves in the excitement and community of the 2024 NFL Draft, making it an unforgettable experience.

Exploring Detroit’s Unique Offerings

Exploring Detroit’s unique offerings during the NFL draft season transforms the city into a vibrant hub for fans and visitors alike. The draft not only showcases the future stars of the NFL but also shines a spotlight on Detroit’s rich cultural tapestry, especially through its local businesses and culinary scene. Here’s a glimpse into what Detroit has in store:

  • Local Culinary Delights: Detroit-themed food and beverage vendors will be scattered across various neighborhoods, offering a taste of the city’s diverse culinary landscape. From classic Coney Island hot dogs to innovative farm-to-table dishes, the flavors of Detroit are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
  • Exclusive Fan Offers: For those looking to immerse themselves fully in the draft experience, visiting https://visitdetroit.com/special-fan-offers-and-events/ provides a treasure trove of exclusive offers and experiences. Local Detroit businesses are rolling out the red carpet for NFL fans with special promotions, discounts, and events designed to enhance the draft experience.
  • Shop Detroit’s Culture:
    • City Bird and Pure Detroit offer creative merchandise and apparel celebrating Detroit and Michigan culture.
    • Born in Detroit and Fanatic U cater to those looking to wear their Detroit pride with a range of stylish, city-themed apparel.
    • For unique souvenirs, DeVries & Co and Well Done Goods provide specialty items and Detroit manhole cover apparel.
    • The Detroit Historical Museum and Rust Belt Market are perfect stops for items reminiscent of the city’s rich history and vibrant present.

This blend of culinary delights, exclusive fan experiences, and shopping opportunities not only enriches the NFL draft experience but also offers a deeper connection with Detroit’s unique culture and community spirit.


April 25
April 27
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Downtown Detroit
800 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226 United States

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