NFL Draft 2019

2019 NFL Draft - Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the 2019 NFL Draft and get answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

Please know, the following details were for the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville which has come and gone. THANK YOU to all the fans who came to our city for a good time. Much love. 

NFL Draft, Explained

Each and every year, the NFL hosts a draft where teams can add or recruit new members to their squad. Most often, they select from the top prospects in the country.

There are seven total rounds for the NFL Draft. Each team receives one selection each round. And the order depends on the team's record from the previous year. For instance, the team with the worst record picks first followed by the team with the second-worst record, and so on until all the teams have a made a selection during a round. If a team made the playoffs, they are then ranked in reverse order of their postseason progress after the teams who did not make the playoffs. Of course, teams can make trade offers to other teams for higher draft picks, future picks, and players. This would disrupt the normal order and it happens often. See more on when the rounds will take place and the order of Round 1

Each team is given ten minutes to make their selection during the first round, seven minutes in the second round, and five minutes for each round after the second.

Get excited! The players who are selected during the NFL Draft could be the next big thing! A lot of young players' journeys to the awards and championships start with being picked at the NFL Draft. Check out the prospects coming to Nashville for the 2019 NFL Draft

Frequently Asked Questions - NFL Draft
What is it?

Each and every year, the NFL hosts a draft where teams can add or recruit new members to their squad. Most often, they select from the top prospects in the country.

Where's it all happening?

The NFL Draft is all over downtown Music City!

  • The NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos® Triple Zero is at Nissan Stadium.
  • The Draft Main Stage is at First and Broadway in downtown Nashville.
  • Selection Square is in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
  • Viewing Areas are on Broadway between 2nd & 5th Avenues, 2nd Avenue between Broadway & Commerce Street, and Music City Walk of Fame Park.

See a map of the event site.

When is it?

The 2019 NFL Draft will take place April 25-27 in downtown Nashville. For a full schedule, check out: visitmusiccity.com/nfldraft/nfl-draft-event-schedule.

Is there music?

Of course there’s music! We are Music City! More than 20 local bands will play during the NFL Draft, including Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Moon Taxi, and so many others.

See who's playing the Main Draft Stage.

See who's playing at the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos® Triple Zero

How do I get tickets?

NFL Draft Experience and Selection Square are free and open to the public. Fans attending these two events can join the virtual line through the Fan Mobile Pass app for a chance to receive exclusive viewing access to the Main Stage on April 25 (Thursday), April 26 (Friday), and April 27 (Saturday).

To access the Drafted Fan Zone by the Main Stage, download the Fan Mobile Pass app and join the virtual line. When space becomes available, you will receive an SMS text message and will have 30 minutes to check in. The SMS will have instructions on where to go.

The virtual line will be available in the Fan Mobile Pass app on the following dates and times below:
April 25 (Thursday):  12-10pm
April 26 (Friday):  12-10pm
April 27 (Saturday):  8am-6pm

Please note you must be in or around NFL Draft Experience or Selection Square to join the virtual line.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can register for a Fan Mobile Pass QR code at designated Fan Mobile Pass kiosks location in NFL Draft Experience. You will be provided with a card containing your QR code. You can also join the virtual line at the Fan Mobile Pass kiosk.

Is it really free?

Yep! The Main Draft Stage, NFL Draft Experience, and Selection Square are all free to attend. Make sure to snag the FREE Fan Mobile Pass App. The app is your event guide and tool for unlocking great prizes and access at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville! Download it at: nfl.com/apps

What's it going to look like?

See renderings of the Main Stage, Experience, Selection Square, and more.

See a map of the event site.

Get excited!

Is there a map?

The 2019 NFL Draft will be the largest festival footprint ever created by the NFL. You better believe there's a map. Check it out

Is there a schedule?

Yes! Feel free to take a look at: visitmusiccity.com/nfldraft/nfl-draft-event-schedule.  

How can I make the most of my experience?

We have created a guide on the best places to watch and how to experience Nashville during the NFL Draft at: visitmusiccity.com/nfldraft/make-most-your-nfl-draft-experience. Check it out and have the best time ever. 

Are there rules on what I can bring? That includes outside food and beverages?
Any of the prospects coming?

Yes! 23 of them. See the full list

Can I bring my family?

Of course! Besides the Draft, Nashville has plenty to entertain the whole family. See below for information on nursing rooms and changing tables.  

Nursing rooms and changing tables
All Fan Services locations at NFL Experience, Selection Square, and the Draft Main Stage are accessible and equipped with baby changing tables and private spaces for mothers. Fan service locations include:

  • Inside NFL Draft Experience Gates of Entry A, South of Victory Lane
  • Inside NFL Draft Experience Gates of Entry B, adjacent to Gate 6 of Nissan Stadium
  • Selection Square at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville
  • On Broadway in downtown Nashville, West of 3rd Avenue
Are there first aid stations?

Professional medical staff can help fans with medical needs at the below locations. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) with Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AEDs) are also positioned throughout NFL Draft Experience, and at and around Selection Square, and the Draft Main Stage.
• NFL Draft Experience: Lot H, North of the Music Stage
• Downtown: Music City Walk of Fame Park

What is the Draft Main Stage?

All three days of the Draft will take place on the Draft Main Stage. The Commissioner of the NFL and NFL Legends will announce the player selections of the 32 NFL teams and introduce the players on stage. Not only that, but performances from Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, and more will occur before and after the draft. Find out more.  

What is Selection Square?

Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be host to Selection Square, which features the team tables where representatives from each club will make their Draft selections. Selection Square will be open to the public 5-10pm on Thursday, April 25; 4-10pm on Friday, April 26; and 10am-6pm on Saturday, April 27. See the schedule

What is the NFL Draft Experience?

NFL Draft Experience is a FREE, family-friendly football festival celebrating the 2019 NFL Draft held in the plazas directly across the river outside of Nissan Stadium Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27. Fans of all ages and teams will be able to participate in interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions, and more! Find out more

What is the Fan Mobile Pass App?

The Fan Mobile Pass App is your event guide and tool for unlocking great prizes and access at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville! Download it now at: nfl.com/apps

Are there coupons?

Yep! We have a ton of discounts & deals to local shops, restaurants, and attractions. Check them out

What if I have questions while in town?

Nashville is here to help! Our Nashville Visitor Centers will be open and ready to help you with any questions you might have while in town. Look here for hours of operation

Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter at @visitmusiccity with any questions, too. Give us a follow now.

Will any of the restaurants along Lower Broadway be closed during the NFL Draft

Yep. Some restaurants on Lower Broadway will be closed during the NFL Draft. Please see below for details:

Acme Feed & Seed - Closed all weekend

Hard Rock Cafe - Closed all weekend

Nashville Underground - Closed all weekend

Rock Bottom Brewery - Closed Thursday, downstairs open Friday & Saturday

Ole Red - Rooftop will be closed all weekend, downstairs will be open all weekend

FGL House - Rooftop will be closed all weekend, the downstairs will be open all weekend

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row - Closed on Thursday, open to the public on Friday & Saturday

Whiskey Bent Saloon - Open to the public

Robert's Western World - Open to the public

Doc Holiday's Saloon - Closed on Thursday, open to the public on Friday & Saturday

How do I schedule deliveries for my business during the Draft?

Are you a local business within the Draft footprint and need to receive deliveries during the event? All deliveries on event days must be registered through this form. All entities in the footprint should attempt to predict any potential delivery items and register them to ensure no delays with service. Register now.

What if the weather is bad?

The event is rain or shine! We will monitor the weather and make updates via social channels and website if needed. Give us a follow

Frequently Asked Questions - Getting Around
How do I get there?

Go to visitmusiccity.com/nfldraft/nfl-draft-getting-around-nashville for details on transportation, parking, road closures, and more.

What about parking?

Free parking will be available at several lots. See more

In addition, feel free to check out parkitdowntown.com for options. 

Can I ride a bike or scooter around the site?

No personal transport devices are allowed in the event site. This includes bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, segways, golf carts, mopeds, scooters, electric scooters (Bird, Lime, Uber, Lyft, JUMP, Gotcha), or any personal motorized vehicles other than wheelchairs or ADA devices (event credentials required).

Bike racks will be available at Public Square Park. 

Is there a map?

The 2019 NFL Draft will be the largest festival footprint ever created by the NFL. You better believe there's a map. Check it out

What about flying home?

Please know, the Nashville International Airport is asking all visitors to arrive two hours prior to their departure on Sunday, April 28 and Monday, April 29. 

Is it ADA Accessible?

The entire site is accessible for those with mobility needs. However, it is a large site with a lot of distance between activities and attractions. For the most part, it does take place in parking lots, across city streets, and pathways. Wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and three or four-wheeled scooters are allowed for use by fans with mobility disabilities. Accessible portable toilets are available throughout the site. 

With specific questions, email: SpecialEventAccessibility@nfl.com

Accessible Viewing Areas - Accessible Viewing Areas will be at the NFL Draft Main Stage on 1st Avenue and Broadway. It’s free and open to the public to view Draft selections and concerts. The designated accessible viewing areas will be on Lower Broadway, accessed by a ramp between both 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue, and at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Throughout the site from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue on Lower Broadway and at Music City Walk of Fame Park, there will be caption enabled video screens. Accessible viewing areas have been established within all exclusive viewing areas at the Draft Main Stage, and include the accompaniment of up to three companions with the same access. 

Video and Mobile Captioning - As a service to guests who are deaf or hard of hearing, throughout the site there will be caption enabled video screens. Additionally, Click Here for mobile captioning via guest smartphones. Guests can borrow a smartphone at the Selection Square Guest Service booth for mobile captioning use, as well.

Accessible Parking - Nissan Stadium and downtown Nashville parking lots have accessible parking spaces. Accessible parking spaces are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Vehicles must have a valid parking pass for the designated lot. A state-issued placard / license plate is required to park in accessible parking spaces. Violators are subject to citation.

Where are the pick-up and drop-off zones for ride share?

The pick-up and drop-off zones for ride share will be:

  • Located near Entry A at South 2nd off Korean Boulevard at Nissan Stadium.
  • Along 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Avenue past Commerce Street.
  • South of Broadway along Korean Veterans Blvd.
  • 5th to 8th Avenue on Lower Broadway.

See a map for full details

Find more information on maps, transportation options, parking, and road closures that will help you get to the events and make the most of your time while you're here at:

Nashville Visitor Centers

Stop by a Nashville Visitor Center for personal assistance with NFL Draft information and what to see & do while in Music City.

It's The Biggest Show in Music City

With more than 20 local Nashville bands, thousands of football fans, players, and staff, two stages, and an event footprint that crosses a river, the 3-day NFL Draft in Nashville is going to be the biggest show in Music City. And you should be a part of it.

For media

Flying Southwest
Camera, film, video, lighting, and sound equipment are accepted as part of the customer's free baggage allowance. You will not be charged for the first 2 checked bags under 80 inches and under 100 pounds. After the first two bags, there will be a $75 fee.

Flying American Airlines
Preferred entertainment and media companies and eligible travelers are offered a special rate and generous bag allowance for cameras, film, lighting, sound equipment, musical instruments, and other bags. Eligible travelers will pay $50 per piece, per one-way domestic trip, or $90/£60/€70, per one-way international trip.

Each eligible organization/company may travel with up to 25 pieces per flight, subject to seasonal and permanent bag embargoes. The maximum size and weight allowances are subject to the policies in place for the destination. Equipment is subject to seasonal and permanent bag embargoes.

Only eligible travelers receive this media bag program. For details on preferred eligibility and access to this program, please contact your travel agency or American Airlines Entertainment Sales Representative.