LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — County Commissioners approved lane closures and events slated for the NFL Draft 2020 in April. The 85th NFL Draft will host various free events at iconic Las Vegas locations from April 23-25, 2020, the NFL announced Tuesday.
The Draft comes to Las Vegas as the Raiders prepare to embark on their first season in the city and at Allegiant Stadium.
The NFL Draft Red Carpet, NFL Draft Main Stage and NFL Draft Experience will include free immersive activities and live entertainment performances, bringing a new level of excitement to the NFL Draft that only Las Vegas could provide.
“Embracing Las Vegas’ unique energy and iconic locations as the backdrop for the 2020 NFL Draft will further elevate this growing event,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business & League Events.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Raiders, Las Vegas officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create an unforgettable week-long celebration for our fans, the incoming prospects, and our partners, as we kick off the NFL’s next 100 years,” added O’Reilly.
Local partner communication as of Tuesday morning’s County Commissioner meeting are as follows:
Set against the iconic backdrop of the Strip, the NFL Draft Main Stage will be constructed next to the Caesars Forum. Free and open to the public, fans are invited to gather at the Draft Main Stage viewing zone to watch the first-round selections on Night 1 Thursday, April 23, Rounds 2-3 on Night 2 Friday, April 24, and Rounds 4-7 on Day 3 Saturday, April 25. The Main Stage will also host daily performances by headlining acts throughout the Draft.
All three days of the NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN Deportes including two nights of primetime coverage on Thursday and Friday.
“The Raiders are thrilled to join the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the resort corridor, and the local community in welcoming fans to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL Draft,” said Raiders President Marc Badain.
“Just as the NFL journey begins on Draft weekend for many young players, the Silver and Black’s journey in the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World is also just beginning. There is no better place to showcase this special event than on the famous Las Vegas Boulevard, and fans will be treated to a truly unique experience in an iconic location,” added Badain.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak says he expects the Draft to have a big economic impact for the city. He also recalled being on the Board of Commissioners and working through the plans before they were unveiled on Tuesday.
“It’s been a long ride… At the time, people thought it was just a pipe dream, it was never going to happen, but when I drive by and see what they’ve done… it just boggles my mind, it’s absolutely incredible that the men and women of Las Vegas, Clark County have built that stadium.”
Located adjacent to the NFL Draft Main Stage, the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos® Triple Zero will be a free, three-day football festival highlighted by interactive games, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, autograph sessions with NFL players and Legends, brand activations, giveaways and the NFL Shop presented by Visa. At the center of the action will be the NFL Draft Experience Stage, which will feature special performances by Las Vegas talent as well as interactive NFL-themed experiences.
NFL Draft Experiences will be free and open to fans at the following times:
- Thursday, April 23: Noon – 9 PM PT or the end of round one
- Friday, April 24: Noon – 9 PM PT or the end of round three
- Saturday, April 25: 9 AM – 6 PM PT or the end of round seven
“We are excited to partner with the NFL and the Raiders for our first major event together in Las Vegas,” said Steve Hill, CEO and President of the LVCVA.
“Our destination prides itself on creating unforgettable and epic events and experiences and we believe the 2020 Draft will be among the most thrilling events Las Vegas has ever hosted. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of thousands of NFL fans to our world-class destination on April 23,” added Hill.
Caesars Forum, the newest state-of-the-art conference center, located adjacent to the High Roller observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip, will be host to Selection Square. This exclusive area will feature the team tables where representatives from each club will make their draft selections.
In the Tuesday morning Board of County Commissioner meeting, Commisioner Weekly commented on how the city will heavily depend on the media to let people know what will and how all will be impacted.
It was confirmed that new digital signs will help communicate with the public on lane closures as well.
There will be numerous road closures and travel restrictions around the area leading up to the NFL Draft 200.
For Las Vegas residents who need to get to and from work in the area, planning ahead to avoid road closures was advised.
To date, temporary road detours begin April 8 with the Bellagio stage build causing two lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard to be closed.
Temporary road detours continue April 13 for 46 hours into April 15 for different phases of the stage build with a full closure of Flamingo Boulevard from Las Vegas Boulevard to Koval Lane.
The LINQ casino will also be impacted, so traffic will be approached from the east and access as usual.
Full event day road closures commence April 22, 2020, starting at 10 p.m.
One 24-hour road closure will take effect on April 25 to take down the 68-foot stage arch.
“We’ve done our best to think of all of the scenarios,” said Johnathan Barker, NFL Head of Live Event Production & Operations.
Schedule announced as of Tuesday morning announcement:
The 2020 NFL Draft will open on Thursday, April 23 with the official NFL Draft Red Carpet, which will be constructed on the famed Fountains of Bellagio.
Starting at 2:30 p.m. PST, attending prospects will make their debut on the carpet.
New this year, the red carpet will feature the Draft Red Carpet Stage, an exciting new addition to the opening event.
NFL Draft Main Stage, NFL Draft Experience Stage and Red Carpet Stage performers and schedules will be announced at a later date.
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