The NFL will
bring new experiences and more interactive attractions to Chicago when Grant
Park transforms into Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero. Spanning 20
football fields, Draft Town is a free admission, three-day outdoor football
festival for families and fans of all ages April 28-30, the NFL announced
describes enhancements and details for both Selection Square Driven by Hyundai
and Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero. Highlights include:
Square - New location,
accommodating more fans and opportunities.
Town - Larger
footprint, providing easier access to attractions and less crowding.
Attractions - New and enhanced attractions,
including an NFL themed Ferris wheel, the College Football Corner exhibit, the
latest virtual reality technology, the largest assortment of exclusive draft
products and more.
App - Official guide
for fans, featuring the best ways to navigate Draft Town.
launched its official companion app for the NFL Draft, Fan Mobile Pass - NFL
Draft. The app guides visitors through Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple
Zero and provides exclusive chances to win prizes - including tickets to a
Chicago Bears game, the ability to collect badges at interactive events and
more. Fans may download the app at NFL.com/DraftApp.
Fans may visit NFL.com/DraftTown, follow @NFL on Twitter and use
#NFLDraft for the most up-to-date information. Fans are encouraged to share
their experiences in Chicago using #DraftTown.
Square Driven By Hyundai:
Located next to
the iconic Buckingham Fountain, Selection Square Driven by Hyundai's new
location will provide a larger footprint to accommodate a greater number of
fans and will celebrate Chicago by incorporating the landmark into Draft
of the Draft, Selection Square Driven by Hyundai, features all 32 team tables
where representatives from NFL teams will make their Draft selections
throughout the three days. It will feature enhanced seating area sight
lines, a larger stage, more standing room and opportunities for fans to win
prizes and gain access to seats through the Fan Mobile Pass - NFL Draft
Draft Picks in attendance will be featured outside in Selection Square Driven
by Hyundai for interviews in front of the crowd. Selection
Square Driven by Hyundai will include NFL Network produced live programming all
three days of the Draft.
Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero:
size of more than 20 football fields, up from 15 last year, the expanded Draft
Town celebration will feature interactive games, food, free player autographs,
youth football clinics and more. No tickets are required.
famous Buckingham Fountain will be illuminated in the colors of the team that
is on the clock during the Draft's first two nights.
hours of operation are: Thursday, April 28: 12-10 p.m.; Friday, April
29: 12-10 p.m.; and Saturday, April 30: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
of Draft Town fan experiences are detailed below:
Vince Lombardi Trophy -
Fans may take their photo with the NFL's most iconic trophy.
Round Draft Wheel presented by Oikos Triple Zero - Take a ride on the Draft Ferris wheel
and get a bird's eye view of Draft Town and Chicago.
& NFC Locker Rooms - Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday.
Experience the sights of the real NFL pregame with sleek translucent LCDs.
Museum (Pro Football
Hall of Fame display area) - This exhibit features historical Bears
memorabilia, Super Bowl rings and Conference Championship trophies. Fans may
get their bronze bust digitized.
Football Corner - View
College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first round Draft picks
and Bears legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from your favorite college
team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.
& NFC Stages - Visit the stages featuring appearances by NFL team mascots,
cheerleaders and drumlines.
NFL Virtual Reality - Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.
Town Tailgate - Enjoy
selections from some of Chicago's best restaurants in a "taste of the town"
NFL Network Set - Watch NFL Network analysts MARSHALL FAULK, MICHAEL
IRVIN and KURT WARNER break down the NFL Draft.
ESPN Set - Check out SportsCenter LIVE from Draft Town.
unprecedented and bigger ways, below is a sampling of how some NFL sponsors are
participating in the Draft Town festivities:
Shop at Draft presented by Visa -
Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including
customizable Nike Jerseys and the official 2016 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and
exclusive Draft caps.
NFL Draft Set presented by Nationwide - Visit the official NFL
Draft set and take your spot behind the podium.
Wilson Football Factory - See how official NFL game balls are individually
produced. Authentic 2016 NFL Draft game balls will be manufactured and sold
Draft Tavern presented by Bud Light -
The hottest place to drink the coldest beer and support your team during the
NFL Helmet Photo Opportunity -
As you enter Draft Town, find your favorite NFL team and take your photo next
to the oversized team helmet - share your photos through your favorite social
channel through the Draft Town Fan Mobile Pass.
- Dive into the action at the 2016 Bridgestone
Experience located in Draft Town. Make the winning catch in our football photo
experience or challenge your friends to aninteractive football game.
Makes the 2016 NFL Draft Awesomer
- Stop by the Skittles Locker Room for one-of-a-kind photo opportunity, and
grab a bag of Skittles.
Triple Zero Sampling -
Visit the Oikos Triple Zero truck to sample the Official Yogurt of the NFL!
Oikos Triple Zero - Be Unstoppable!
Official Hotel of the NFL, will return to Draft Town, with "Courtyard @", its
annual road trip that brings casual cool experiences to the year's hottest
cultural events. Fans will have access to NFL stars, compete to win prizes and
experience Courtyard's hospitality.
DEW - Stop by to try up
to 12 flavors of Mtn. Dew products and check out a unique sampling vehicle,
which includes Mtn. Dew Green Label Sound tracks.
VISA - See the 2016 NFL Draft in a
whole new light as Visa brings you top Draft picks training in 360 virtual
reality. So no matter how you pay and no matter what the season has in store,
1893 From the Makers of Pepsi
- Come visit the mobile "Tasting Room" to experience a line of new beverages
inspired by the original recipes created back in 1893 by Pepsi Soda Craftsmen.
FedEx Shipping Center - Send home your officially licensed NFL Draft merchandise from
the convenient FedEx Office Shipping Center located outside of the NFL Shop.
- Visit Hyundai at the NFL Draft where
guests will have the opportunity to check out the latest vehicles Hyundai has
to offer and win great prizes after taking a brand survey.
Verizon - Complimentary charging will be
provided for all fans with options to charge up for a few minutes or drop off
your phone for a few hours.
Tostitos Cantina - Engage with current and former NFL players while they talk
about their experiences during past NFL Drafts and grab a bag of Tostitos
Cantina Chipotle Thins.
Draft Town will
feature themed areas and events such as Combine Corner, NFL PLAY
60 Clinic Field presented by Danimals, NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals
and the NFL Draft Family Football Clinic. From Super Bowl champions to Hall of
Famers, several former players will be attending the Draft. Additional details are listed below.
against NFL players to running pass routes, fans may test their football and
athletic skills at Combine Corner. Featured attractions include:
Jump - Take your position at the vertical jump, and find out what
the difference between your reach and the flag you hit is, just like at the NFL
Dash - Race down the
field against NFL players on a 40-yard long LED wall!
NFL PLAY 60 Clinic Field presented by Danimals
The NFL and USA
Football will host youth football clinics. Local USA Football coaches and NFL
players will demonstrate Heads Up tackling amongst other skills and drills.
football clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6-14. Clinics are free and
open on a first-come, first-served basis.
28: 4 to 8 p.m.
29: 4 to 8 p.m.
30: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
60 Zone presented by Danimals
area specifically designed for the youngest NFL fans, the NFL PLAY 60 Zone
presented by Danimals includes an obstacle course, the NFL PLAY 60 Bus and
more. A sampling of attractions include:
PLAY 60 Zone Obstacle Course - Race
through agility drills just like the pros. Test your high jump abilities and
weave through mini tackling dummies.
Long Snap - Test the
ability to snap the ball like a pro.
Quarterback Challenge - Test
your passing skills.
Up and Go - Try
on NFL equipment and feel what it's like to gear up for gameday.
Extra Point Kick - Test
your ability to kick a field goal through the uprights.
Family Football Clinic
NFL and USA Football will host a free Family Football Clinic on Saturday, April
30 at the PLAY 60 Clinic Field presented by Danimals from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Registration begins at 9 a.m.
participants will include NFL Consultant on Youth Football CHRIS GOLIC
and her husband MIKE GOLIC of ESPN's Mike & Mike, as well as local
youth and high school coaches and representatives from the Chicago Bears.
fun family event will give kids an opportunity to participate in a youth
football clinic while parents listen to football-themed discussion panels. The
event will conclude with kids and parents taking the field together to
participate side-by-side in Heads Up Football Tackling drills.
register for the free Family Football Clinic using the Fan Mobile Pass - NFL
Draft app, which can be downloaded at NFL.com/DraftApp.
NFL FLAG Football Festival
with USA Football and Chicago Sport & Social Club, the NFL will host the
second-annual NFL FLAG Football Festival on Saturday, April 30, in Grant Park.
The event is open to youth and adults, and games will be played on Hutchinson
Fields. Teams can register at nflflagfestival.com in the following
co-ed, 9/10 co-ed, 11/12 co-ed, 13/14 boys, 15/16 boys,15/16 girls, adult
co-ed recreational, adult co-ed intermediate, adult women's, and adult
get free autographs from current NFL players and NFL Legends. Below is the
tentative autograph schedule.
Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29:
12:30 - 2
p.m.; 2 - 4 p.m.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30:
10 - 11:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; 2:30 - 4
4 - 5:30 p.m.
Attending the Draft:
announced, the following is a sampling of NFL Legends who will be
attending the Draft. A complete list of Legends and players attending will be
announced at a later date.
confirmed Legends attending Draft (listed above), there are:
19 Super Bowl appearances
8 Super Bowl victories
64 Pro Bowl selections
6 Hall of Fame inductees (designated
above with ***)
information on Draft Town attractions, events and hours of operation, visit NFL.com/DraftTown or download the Draft Town app at NFL.com/DraftApp
safe and secure environment for fans at all NFL events is always a priority.
Security screening at Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero and at the
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University will
be enhanced. For detailed security information and prohibited items, visit NFL.com/DraftTown.