NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Football is on the mind of people all around the country as they plan their Super Bowl parties and decide which team to root for in the big game, and the next biggest football event in 2019 will be the NFL Draft, taking place in Nashville.
“It’s going to be incredible for this city," Deana Ivey, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, said. "That week of celebration and activities - it will just be so much fun and something the city hasn’t seen before.”
The city has been working with the NFL to iron out all the details, many of which haven't been released to the public yet, such as the venues for the draft itself.
What has been released is that there will be a bigger focus on the fan experience than ever before, and with the event being in Music City, music will be a large part of the weekend.
“It will be Nashville acts, it will be authentic, it will be a really good representation of the diversity of the music here," Ivey explained.
All of the draft events will be free, as they have been with other drafts, but different this year, organizers are working to get it open to the most people possible, rather than having it be exclusive to a small amount of fans.
To talk about the draft further and get excitement up, Nashville city officials are heading down to Atlanta to talk about the 2019 draft.
“We will be talking to the media about what the plans are for here, but also talking to those fans saying, come on up, book a package, stay in our hotels, spend the week, have fun, and there’s so much going on even outside the draft that week," Ivey said.
Other events the week of the draft include the St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon, a potential Predators playoff run, a Jimmy Buffett concert at Bridgestone Arena, and numerous other events.
Details on entry for the free draft events have not been released yet, as the venues have not been determined, but there will be tickets available on an NFL Draft app.