This April, the NFL Draft will return home to the place it began — Philadelphia.
Fans of all ages are invited to a massive, free outdoor fan festival along the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where they can take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions with current and former players. The festival is FREE and open all three days of the NFL Draft, April 27-29.
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Did you know? The very first NFL Draft was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia in 1936. The Philadelphia Eagles had the first pick that year, and they drafted Jay Berwanger, winner of the first ever Heisman Trophy (and the man it is modeled after). This year marks the 12th time that Philadelphia has hosted the Draft — and the first time in 56 years.
Philadelphia is known globally for its passion for sports. But did you know Bon Appetit called Philadelphia one of the nation’s best eating cities? That Travel + Leisure named it one of the top 50 places to visit in 2017? That it was named the first World Heritage City in the United States?
In the past 18 months, Philadelphia — the fifth-largest city in the United States, conveniently located less than two hours by train from New York City and Washington, D.C. — played host to the pope and the Democratic National Convention. Now, we’re ready to welcome the NFL Draft and football fans from around the world. Get started planning your trip today: