City Prepares For NFL Draft And Marathon On Same Day

Posted at 5:34 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 21:30:46-05

Dual events happening on the same weekend in April estimate 250,000 people will come to Nashville between them.

The St. Jude Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and the 2019 NFL Draft both fall within the dates of April 25-29. The two groups as well as representatives from the city met Wednesday to discuss how to make the best of both events.

"We're just conceptually talking about what we want to have happen, what they want to have happen," said Keats McGonigal, Senior Regional Director for the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Series. "We know that there's going to be some big name concerts that will happen."

McGonigal hopes there will be collaboration on events between the marathon and the NFL.

"There's a good chance, historically, we've used Nissan stadium for our finish line area. The NFL is going to use Nissan Stadium for a portion of their activation. So, that's kind of going to be the epicenter and hub outside of what we have going on for the music city center for our expo," he said.

This is the marathon's 20th year. McGonigal believes the race will bring in 30,000 runners and 30,000 spectators. The NFL has projected about 200,000 for the draft.

During those two events, there will be road closures in the area. McGonigal said there's still a lot of work to be done before a concrete plan is laid in place.