The Detroit Lions and the city of Detroit will host the 2024 NFL Draft around Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza, the NFL announced on Monday, the first time that the event has come to the Michigan destination.
“We are excited to bring the 2024 NFL Draft to the city of Detroit,” said Mark Hollis, Detroit Sports Organizing Corp. chair. “The NFL Draft has grown to become one of the big stage global events that we strive to host as part of Detroit’s momentum. We pledge our full-scale and comprehensive support in hosting this event and elevating a generational memory-maker for our community and the NFL.”
The Detroit Sports Commission, in partnership with the Detroit Lions, will host a free football-themed community event for fans of all ages on April 14 at Campus Martius Park to celebrate the awarding of the 2024 NFL Draft to Detroit.
“Today is momentous for our city and the Detroit Sports Commission,” said Dave Beachnau, Detroit Sports Commission executive director. “Hosting the NFL Draft in Detroit promises to be a celebration of our community’s spirit. It will deliver high value for our residents, businesses, and the great fans who make Detroit the best sports city in America. Our partnerships with the Detroit Lions and other valued community organizations helped make this bid a reality. Now, the real work begins with our focus on our collective commitment, contributions, and collaboration. We are steadfast to host a tremendous event in 2024.”
As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience will provide fans a free opportunity to take part in games, interactive exhibits, musical performances and autograph sessions, plus take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
“Visit Detroit is looking forward to working with our partners in the hospitality community to welcome enthusiastic football fans from across the country who will make our city a pigskin pilgrimage stop,” said Claude Molinari, Visit Detroit president and chief executive officer. “Hosting the draft is another exciting win for Detroit, and it will deliver a powerful economic impact and highlight the vibrancy of our region.”
The 2022 NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas on April 28–30, followed by 2023 in Kansas City on April 27–29.
“The Draft has become a prominent offseason event across the country and we are excited to work with the Lions and their partners to bring the 2024 NFL Draft to the Motor City,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “With the help of Visit Detroit, the Detroit Sports Commission and the City of Detroit, the Lions passionate fan base and all visitors will be treated to an incredible three-day experience.”