The 82nd NFL Draft will be held in the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia from April 27–29, 2017. They will incorporate several of Philadelphia’s famed landmarks, spanning from Philadelphia City Hall to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
"Philadelphia is a passionate football town and will serve as a tremendous backdrop for the Draft and provide a great atmosphere for our fans and incoming players," says Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner. "Jeffrey Lurie has been a strong advocate and supporter of the draft on behalf of the City of Philadelphia throughout the entire selection process. We look forward to working with the Philadelphia Eagles, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau to create a week-long celebration of football for our fans."
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to some of the nation's famed museums and institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Franklin Institute, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and City Hall. The Parkway is also the scene of several high-profile events such as the 2015 Papal Visit before the World Meeting of Families Conference and the 2015 Made In America Music Festival.
"We are truly excited to serve as the host city for the NFL Draft, one of the country's largest and most prestigious sports events," says Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO, PHLCVB. "We anticipate that the Draft will attract more than 200,000 football fans from across the country, which we at the PHLCVB estimate will lead to over $80 million in economic impact for our city and a huge win for all of our hospitality partners."
The Draft will be set on primetime for the first three rounds. Round one will take place on Thursday, April 27 while rounds two and three will be held on Friday, April 28. The Draft will end on Saturday, April 29 with Rounds four and seven.
Fans, regardless of the team they root for, can follow the Draft, and enjoy interactive exhibits, including autograph sessions with current and former players. There will be opportunities to take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero and a free outdoor fan festival.
"On behalf of the City and our legion of Philadelphia Eagles fans, we're proud to be chosen as host city for the 2017 NFL Draft," says Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney. "We are excited to showcase Philadelphia and our passion for football, and fully expect an awesome experience for all those attending in 2017 and for those watching at home. I'm thankful for the incredible team at the NFL and the Philadelphia CVB for making this happen."
The 2015 NFL Draft was held in Chicago, marking the first time the event was located outside of New York City in more than 50 years. The 2016 NFL Draft returned to Chicago with more than 225,000 fans making their way down Michigan Avenue and attending the draft inside the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University.