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Finally, after years and years of being glossed over, the NFL has decided to bring one of the biggest events in sports to the motor city. Detroit was named the host city for the 2024 NFL Draft shortly after it was confirmed that the Lions will be featured in HBO’s annual “Hard Knocks” series this summer. Detroit had an eventful Monday wouldn’t you say? Detroit won the right to host the NFL Draft for the first time over Green Bay and Washington. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, “The Draft has become a prominent offseason event across the country, and we are excited to work with the Lions and their partners to bring the 2024 NFL Draft to the Motor City. With the help of Visit Detroit, the Detroit Sports Commission, and the City of Detroit, the Lions passionate fan base and all visitors will be treated to an incredible three-day experience.”

Claude Molinari, president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, was thrilled when he got the news about the draft and released a statement saying, “This is the best day in the history of my life, of course, I say that every day, but today might just be that.” For nearly 50 years, the league held its annual draft in New York, but began moving it among its team cities in 2015, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Nashville. In addition to hosting the draft, Detroit will also host the NFL’s annual Draft Experience, which will feature interactive exhibits and games, musical performances, autograph sessions, and a chance to take a photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The last time Detroit hosted sporting events this large was in 2006 and 2009, when we hosted Super Bowl XL and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. For both events, about 100,000 people were in attendance. For the 2019 NFL Draft, the NFL said 600,000 people came to Nashville over a three-day period, (2020 was done virtually due to COVID) so the city is expecting a larger than normal crowd for this event. As of right now, the dates for 2024 NFL Draft haven’t been announced, but the main stage will be in Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza according to Detroit Lions president Rod Wood, who said the bid was about making the draft a citywide event and that he plans on having events at the Fox, Ford Field and Little Caesars Area as well.