Detroit rolls out the red carpet for the 2024 NFL Draft: Know before you go

Its been two years since the NFL announced that Detroit would be the host city for the 2024 NFL Draft. Now, the time has finally come, and from Thursday to Saturday, Detroit is set to welcome football fans from all over America. Embracing the spirit of Archie Eversole’s anthem, Detroit embodies the rallying cry, “We ready, we ready, for y’all.”

The heart of the action will stretch from Campus Martius to Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Additional festivities will expand into Beacon Park, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park, Harmonie Park, and along the iconic Woodward Avenue. The primary draft stage is strategically placed at Campus Martius and Cadillac Square, ensuring a central, vibrant location for the draft activities.

For fans planning to join the excitement, here’s what you should know before you head out and enjoy all that the 2024 Detroit NFL Draft has to offer.

First thing first and best of all, entry is free! Fans can secure their access by registering through the NFL OnePass app or online at NFL.com/DraftAccess. While adults need to register, they can also sign up to five children for entrance to the event.

To gain entry to the 2024 NFL Draft Experience presented by Rocket Mortgage, where fans can enjoy digital content and enter to win exclusive prizes, including a grand trip for two to Super Bowl LIX in New Orleans, registration through the NFL OnePass app or the website is required. For those without a smartphone, onsite registration with the help of Fan Services staff is available.

The NFL Draft Experience, the ultimate fan festival, will be active all three draft days. Hosted at Hart Plaza, this free event invites Detroit locals and visitors to enjoy immersive exhibits, sponsor activations, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and the youth-focused Play 60 Zone. Fans can also shop for exclusive merchandise at the NFL Shop presented by Visa and get autographs from current NFL players and legends at the Autograph Stage. Additional youth activities, including NFL FLAG skills and football clinics, will be hosted at Corner Ballpark. It’s wise to arrive early, as entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mirroring Detroit’s rich cultural tapestry in music, art, food, and style, the Draft Experience will feature local food and beverage vendors showcasing Detroit’s diverse neighborhoods with selections like soul food, Greek, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and East African cuisines. Ballroom dance, an integral part of Detroit culture, will be featured prominently on Day 3 of the Draft, with the Detroit Hustle dance celebrated across Campus Martius Park, welcoming all fan participation in true Detroit fashion.

Prohibited Items at the NFL Draft

  • Firearms, weapons, knives, explosives
  • Alcohol, beach balls, balloons, footballs
  • Chairs, stools, drones, fireworks
  • Frisbees, illegal substances, laser pointers
  • Motorized scooters, skateboards
  • Noisemakers, poles, sticks, tripods, umbrellas
  • Bottles, cans, thermoses, unless purchased at the venue or empty, reusable water bottles
  • Offensive clothing or signs related to race, ethnicity, religion, or other protected categories
  • Non-event related banners or any banners blocking views

Strollers are allowed but subject to inspection. Small cameras, binoculars, and empty reusable water bottles are permitted, with refill stations available onsite.

Clear Bag Policy Only clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags within 12″ x 6″ x 12″ are allowed. Small non-clear bags up to 4.5″ x 6.5″ can be brought in alongside a clear bag.

Road Closures and Transportation Multiple road closures are in effect, with phases starting as early as midnight on April 24. Fans should consider using rideshare options, and free transportation like the people mover and the QLine, especially since parking will be challenging. Detailed road closure information and transportation tips are crucial for planning your visit.

The city is charged with energy, preparing to host an unforgettable weekend filled with sports, music, and a true taste of Detroit culture. Don’t miss out—make your plans and register now to dive into the excitement!

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