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Light show to help Nashville 'shine' in NFL Draft spotlight

Posted: 9:58 PM, Apr 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-24 23:24:29-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The thousands of football fans pack into downtown Nashville for the NFL Draft will be treated to a one-of-a-kind light show, according to the events organizers.

During the first round of the draft, the Korean Veterans Bridge, Nissan Stadium and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center will all light up in the colors of the team 'on the clock.'

Deanna Ivey, the executive vice president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp (NCVC) said the bright idea came about six weeks ago.

"I was like 'that's the coolest thing ever,' and then when we saw the first test it was really really cool," Ivey said.

Previous NFL Draft host cities have had similar strategies. Both Philadelphia and Dallas, who hosted in 2017 and 2018 respectively, had the logo for the team making the selection illuminated on one of the city's buildings. But Ivey said this is a fluorescent first for music city.

"They are doing to see Nashville lit up like it has never been before," Ivey said.

To make it work, crews did a test-run for NFL representatives, who helped make sure all the colors were exact.

"They're very particular about their team colors, so they loved it, they're excited, but they had a few tweaks," Ivey said.

The light show accompanies 32 video boards that line the downtown pedestrian bridge. Each monitor will be dedicated to one of the NFL teams. The NCVC also encouraged other buildings to light up in blue during the first round. Blue is one of the NFL's primary colors.