Detroit hosts party to celebrate securing 2024 NFL Draft

Event held at Campus Martius

Though the 2024 NFL draft is two years away, Detroit is hosting a party on Thursday to celebrate the draft coming to the city in 2024.

DETROIT – The 2024 NFL Draft may be two years away, but the city of Detroit celebrated early after being chosen to host the high-profile event.

On Thursday afternoon, the city held a party downtown at Campus Martius Park to celebrate the draft coming to Detroit in 2024. Securing the 2024 event is a big get for Detroit, as it is expected to draw significant crowds and money to the city.

To celebrate, the Detroit Sports Commission hosted a free football-themed party that included activities, tailgate games, food trucks and photo opportunities with Detroit Lions legends, officials said. Attendees could hear from the Detroit Lions’ owner, NFL members, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and more.

Officials also unveiled an interactive NFL Draft display for 2024. The Lions’ DJ, drum line, cheerleaders and mascot were present at the park, too.

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The 2024 NFL Draft may be two years away, but the city of Detroit celebrated early after being chosen to host the high-profile event. On Thursday afternoon, the city held a party downtown at Campus Martius Park to celebrate the draft coming to Detroit in 2024. Securing the 2024 event is a big get for Detroit, as it is expected to draw significant crowds and money to the city.
With the first pick, the NFL selects Detroit. The NFL Draft in Detroit maybe two years out, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate just a little bit ahead of the big event. And that's exactly what went on at Campus Martius.

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We’ll talk about how this all came about, but we want you to first imagine from high above what Campus Martius will look like with a vast stage covering it, and down Woodward Avenue to Hart Plaza, imagine that filled with people. Now imagine down the Cadillac Square Corridor and imagine all of that filled with people all listening to every player’s name called in the 2024 NFL Draft. “It’s going to take up the footprint of Campus Martius in a massive way,” said former Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis.

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