Festival at Campus Martius Park celebrates 2024 NFL Draft

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Detroit is officially on the clock. One of football’s biggest events is coming to the city centre.

“With the first pick of the 2024 Draft, the NFL selects Detroit,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at an event at Campus Martius Park in honor of the 2024 NFL Draft in downtown Detroit. Detroit.

The NFL Draft is two years away, but the celebration begins now.

“When the music from the DJ was playing, I could just feel the energy in my heart,” said John Verga, a teenager from Ann Arbor.

Fans from here and elsewhere met on Thursday at Campus Martius to launch the festivities.

Goodell, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were just a few of the speakers at the free community event.

“It’s going to be a non-stop party on the streets of Detroit,” Duggan said.

A party of around 600,000 people and the possibility for companies to cash in.

“Companies themselves can start thinking about how they engage not just with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, but with the NFL to create a unique fan experience,” said Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

Fans also had the chance to take photos with a few legends, Lomas Brown and Jason Hanson.

The retired Lions kicker says the NFL Draft in Detroit is a reward for the fans.

“As players, we always knew we had the best fans in the NFL. They were overlooked because the team didn’t play, but it will be a big moment for them,” Hanson said.

Fans told 7 Action News they would be counting down.

“It’s huge for all of us fans. Go Lions,” said Noah Taeckens.

To take a photo with the 12-foot-tall interactive clock, head downtown on the Woodward Esplanade that connects Campus Martius to the Detroit River.

Officials say the clock ‘will highlight the arrival of the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit in the spring of 2024. The clock is expected to become a popular photo and selfie spot for locals and visitors alike the iconic landmark Spirit of Detroit. ”

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