Nashville’s Lower Broadway will transform into a professional football fan’s paradise when the city hosts the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25-27. The event, which serves as the official kickoff to the NFL’s 100th season, features daily draft announcements; concerts on the main stage; and a free, three-day festival at Nissan Stadium. Unlike previous NFL Drafts, this year’s event features an open concept, allowing more fans to attend.
Cost and attendance
Admission is free and open to the public. Event officials expect around 300,000 people in attendance throughout the weekend. According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, 400 uniformed and undercover officers will be stationed downtown for security and traffic purposes.
Where to watch draft picks
Draft picks will be announced daily on the main stage at the corner of First Avenue and Broadway. Selections begin with the first round Thursday evening, followed by the second and third rounds Friday evening. The final four rounds will be announced Saturday afternoon. It will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN.
Music and entertainment options
Tim McGraw headlines a free outdoor concert Friday following the evening’s draft selections. Dierks Bentley, Chip Esten and more are also scheduled to perform.
Expect road closures
Beginning at midnight April 24, Broadway closes from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue as well as First Avenue through Fifth Avenue between Commerce and Demonbreun streets. Fourth Avenue reopens each morning April 24-26 for rush-hour traffic and will close by 10 a.m.
During draft days, the following will be two-way streets:
1. South Second Avenue from Demonbreun Street to Korean Veterans Boulevard
2. The westbound lanes of Commerce Street between Fourth and Fifth streets
3. North Fourth between Commerce Street and Broadway
4. North Fifth between Commerce and Demonbreun streets.
Nissan Stadium to host free football festival
The NFL Draft Experience is a free, three-day football festival with games, interactive exhibits, autograph sessions and virtual-reality experiences. Fans can also take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The festival is open from noon-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.