Philly Welcomes the 2017 NFL Draft

All eyes of the sport’s world will be on Philadelphia starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend as the NFL brings the 2017 draft to the city that started the draft way back in 1936. The event is a PR dream for the city, (if those attending behave themselves) and will bring approximately 200,000 visitors to the Parkway. There will be plenty of free activities for the family. Here is everything to do in and around the draft this weekend.

NFL draft schedule & TV
Thursday, April 27: 8 p.m. (NFL Network & ESPN)
Friday, April 28: 7 p.m. (NFL Network & ESPN)
Saturday, April 29, Noon (NFL Network & ESPN)
NFL Draft Experience hours

Thursday, April 27: Noon to 11 p.m.
Friday, April 28: Noon to 11 p.m.
Saturday, April 29: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And more activities include:
Thursday & Friday, 3 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.: Autograph stage
Thursday & Friday, 4 p.m.: NFL flag football clinics
Friday, 4 p.m.: Ron Jaworski chalk talk at Tostitos Cantina
Friday, 5 p.m.: Musical performance by Cayetana
Friday, 7 p.m.: College flag football tournament
Friday, 7 p.m.: Musical performance by Chill Moody
Friday, 9 p.m.: Musical performance by Strand of Oaks
Saturday, 11 a.m.: Zach Ertz chalk talk at Tostitos Cantina
Saturday, 3 p.m.: Musical performance by Tunji Ige
Throughout: Eagles equipment manager and strength coach demos

There is also ride on the zipline: It’s 100 yards long and will give you an epic view of the event. Just note that you’ll need to get a timed reservation via the Fan Mobile Pass app.

Go behind the scenes: You can explore the sets of the NFL Draft and ESPN. See what it’s like behind the draft podium and the NFL Network Total Access desk. You can also check out replica NFL locker rooms for both the AFC and NFC.

There is also some fun testing your football skills such as Finding out how solid your long-distance throwing, field goal kicking and touch passing skills are with stations designed to mimic game situations. Another section of the NFL Draft Experience is all about the Combine. There you can do the vertical jump and a 40-yard dash (where you’ll race against virtual NFL players).

You can also learn football history: Dive headfirst into NFL past with the NFL Museum, which has a hall of fame. You can see 50 Super Bowl rings and a whole slew of Conference Championship trophies. You can also make your own digital Hall of Fame bronze bust. Separate from the museum is the College Football Corner which has a College Football Hall of Fame complete with memorabilia from past first-round Draft picks and life-size player mannequins to take selfies with.

You can also load up on some freebies: The NFL Draft Experience will have scores of giveaways as well as access to the NFL Auction where you can buy signed memorabilia. There’s also the standard NFL Shop which will have everything from customizable Nike jerseys to the official 2017 NFL Draft hat. Oikos will also have a gameboard where you can win NFL Draft prizes. You can send all that merch home at the NFL Draft’s FedEx Shipping Center.

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