Detroit Hosts the 2024 NFL DRAFT


Spanning from Campus Martius to Hart Plaza, the draft, scheduled for April 25-27, will occupy a vast 2 million square feet area. Among the highlights, a draft theater near the One Campus Martius building for fan viewing.

Anticipating a significant economic boost for Detroit businesses, officials referenced last year's draft in Kansas City, which attracted approximately 312,000 attendees and generated a reported $109 million in direct spending. Jon Barker, NFL senior vice president of global event operations and production, expressed confidence in Detroit surpassing Kansas City's success.


The draft theater, located at Randolph and Monroe streets in the Monroe Street Midway area near Greektown, promises an immersive experience for fans. Additionally, the Draft Experience, a free interactive football theme park, will be hosted at Hart Plaza. To facilitate movement within the event footprint, "portals" will be established along Congress and Woodward Avenue, alongside a comprehensive mobility assistance program.

Highlighting the festivities, a red carpet event is scheduled at the Fox Theatre on April 25. Attendees are encouraged to download the OnePass app for essential event information, including security procedures, schedules, and interactive activities.

Gates will open at noon on April 25-26 for Round One of the Draft Experience, while Rounds Two and Three will take place from 7-11 p.m. on April 26 and from noon to 7 p.m. on April 27. The final day will feature family-friendly activities. In addition to the main draft footprint, supplementary events are planned at various downtown Detroit locations, including Beacon Park, Capitol Park, and Grand Circus Park, offering diverse entertainment options for attendees.


Elevated security measures will be implemented throughout the event, with coordination among various local, state, and federal agencies. Lenny Bandy, NFL vice president of security, emphasized collaboration with Detroit officials to ensure the safety and success of the event, establishing 11 Detroit Police Department task force committees for effective coordination.