In 2018, the NFL announced that the 2020 Draft would be held in Las Vegas. The initial announcement didn’t have too many details beyond the dates – April 23-25, 2020. The draft coming to Las Vegas makes sense for 2020 as the Oakland Raiders will begin playing in Sin City for the first time next season at the still under construction Allegiant Stadium.
Now we finally have some details on where the 2020 NFL Draft will take place. The NFL Draft over the years has become more than just teams selecting players. It’s more of a party for the pro football league. The 2020 celebration will include the NFL Draft Red Carpet, NFL Draft Main Stage and NFL Draft Experience. The party will include free immersive activities, live entertainment, and performances. This will all bring a new level of excitement to the NFL Draft that only Las Vegas could provide.
2020 NFL Draft
The 2020 NFL Draft extravaganza will be set against the iconic backdrop of the Vegas Strip. The NFL Draft Main Stage will be constructed next to the Caesars Forum. This is the new convention center under construction behind Harrah’s. This is free and open to the public. Fans are invited to gather at the Draft Main Stage viewing zone to watch the first round selections on Night 1 (Thursday), Rounds 2-3 on Night 2 (Friday), and Rounds 4-7 on Day 3 (Saturday). Additionally, the Main Stage will also host daily performances by headlining acts throughout the 2020 NFL Draft.
Caesars Forum, the newest state-of-the-art conference center, located adjacent to the High Roller Observation Wheel on the Las Vegas Strip, will be host to Selection Square. This exclusive area will feature the team tables where representatives from each club will make their draft selections.
2020 NFL Draft Events
Located adjacent to the NFL Draft Main Stage, the NFL Draft Experience will be a free, three-day football festival highlighted by interactive games, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, autograph sessions with NFL players and Legends, brand activations, giveaways, and the NFL Shop.
At the center of the action will be the NFL Draft Experience Stage. This part of the 2020 NFL Draft experience will feature special performances by Las Vegas talent as well as interactive NFL-themed experiences.
The NFL Draft Experience will be free and open to fans at the following times:
- Thursday, April 23: Noon – 9 PM PT or the end of round one
- Friday, April 24: Noon – 9 PM PT or the end of round three
- Saturday, April 25: 9 AM. – 6 PM PT or the end of round seven
The 2020 NFL Draft will open on Thursday, April 23 with the official NFL Draft Red Carpet, which will be constructed within the famed Fountains of Bellagio. Starting at 2:30 PM PT, attending prospects will make their debut on the carpet.
The red carpet will feature the Draft Red Carpet Stage, where prospects will be interviewed by media during the event. Throughout the duration of the Draft, the Red Carpet Stage will be used as a live viewing location for fans to enjoy special performances by a variety of Las Vegas entertainers.
NFL Draft Main Stage, NFL Draft Experience Stage, and Red Carpet Stage performers and schedules will be announced at a later date.
Fans interested in receiving NFL Draft updates can register at NFL.com/2020Draft/Interest. Visit NFL.com/2020Draft for all the latest NFL Draft updates and announcements.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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