200,000 attend Day 1 of 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville

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The stage is set for Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft Friday after approximately 200,000 people attended the first day of the sprawling event in downtown Nashville.  

Friday will bring the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft in addition to a free concert by country superstar Tim McGraw.

Not even rain, at times heavy, affected all the fans that stuck around for the draft picks, music and fireworks of the first round. Luckily for Friday, only partly sunny skies are expected.

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Fans were able to take a picture with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, eat good food, and take a picture with their favorite team’s Super Bowl rings at the NFL Draft Experience. 

The Metro-Nashville Police Department monitored the entire night from their command center and reported no significant issues. 

Metro police said 400 officers per day will be devoted to ensuring safety during the NFL Draft weekend.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. will have entry points around downtown to check for prohibited items like backpacks and coolers.  

The NFL will have “grabbers” on hand 24-7 who can remove concrete barriers to make room for emergency vehicles as needed.  

A hotline has been established by Metro police to report anything suspicious as part of the “ 
See something, say something” campaign. The number is 615-880-1515. 

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The NFL Draft Experience outside Nissan Stadium will continue to be open for fans. 

The experience is two-million square feet of fun — and, according to organizers, Nashville’s NFL Experience will be the biggest footprint in its history. 

There are several interactive games at the Experience, so you can practice your touch pass or race against your opponents on a giant, 40-yard-long LED wall. 

NFL officials say the goal is to offer something for everyone, NFL fan or not. 

For families that want to come and be part of the action, but not the party downtown, the NFL Experience is for you. You can watch the Draft live on dozens of screens while you play games and have fun. 

Everything is free, but to take part in any of the interactive games, you will need to download the free NFL Fan Mobile Pass app. 

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If you’re planning on heading to the bars and honky-tonks along Nashville’s Lower Broadway during the NFL Draft, you should know, not all the bars will be open to the public.

Tootsies, Acme Feed and Seed, Hard Rock, and others have already been rented out. But as that list grows, other Broadway bars have committed to staying open to the public during the days of the Draft.

Some other bars open during the Draft — Second Fiddle, Layla’s, Legends Corner, and Robert’s Western World.

Likewise, TC Restaurant Group, which includes Tequila Cowboy, Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, FGL House, Crazy Town, and Sun Diner, will all be open to fans during the Draft.

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According to officials, prohibited items, or ones deemed inappropriate for entry into the secure perimeter, will be the “responsibility of the fan and cannot be accepted, stored or checked by the NFL, Nissan Stadium or the Nashville Police Department.”

BAG POLICY

NFL officials “strongly urge” fans not to bring ANY type of bag to the Draft.

Bags permitted inside the NFL Draft Fan Experience and Selection Square cannot exceed 16″ x 16″ x 6″. No backpacks, briefcases, computer bags, fanny packs or luggage of any kind will be permitted. 

Certain bags that follow the NFL’s clear bag policy will be allowed at the NFL Main Stage, ACME and Hard Rock Cafe. Those bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”. You can also carry items in a one-gallon, clear plastic freezer bag or a clutch-style purse/bag smaller than 4.5” x 6.5”, with/without a handle or strap.

The only exception to this policy is medically necessary items. Only one entry point, which is located in Nissan Stadium Lot R South, will be checking those items. 

CAMERA RULES

Small cameras and binoculars are permitted. However, fans will not be allowed to carry a spectator camera or any cameras with a lens larger than 6 inches.

Camcorders, tripods and selfie sticks are also not permitted. 

ALL PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Animals (except assistive animals)
  • Backpacks, briefcases, computer bags, fanny packs or luggage of any kind
  • Banners, signs or any item that may obstruct the view of others
  • Battery-operated clothing (socks, jackets, etc)
  • Beach balls, balloons or any inflatable devices
  • Bottles, cans, thermoses, cups, and beverage containers of any kind *except* reusable water bottles that are empty and anything purchased from the NFL venue
  • Chairs, stools, and other seating devices
  • Cigarettes, e-cigs and any smoking devices (non-smoking venue)
  • Coolers and containers of any type (aerosol cans, bottles,ect)
  • Camcorders, tripods and selfie sticks
  • Electric Scooters and skateboards
  • Firearms weapons, knives, and explosives of any kind
  • Fireworks or pyrotechnics of any kind
  • Frisbees
  • Illegal substances
  • Large golf umbrellas
  • Mace, pepper spray and other disarming agents
  • Noisemakers, whistles and horns
  • Poles, sticks or missile-like objects of any kind
  • Pom poms, shakers and stick handles 
  • Seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers
  • Strollers

Security checkpoints at the NFL Draft Experience open Friday, April 26 at 9 a.m. and on Saturday, April 27.

Security checkpoints open at the NFL Draft Main Stage open at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, April 26, and at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, April 27. 

Security checkpoints at NFL Selection Square open at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.

ABC’s live coverage of the second and third rounds will begin at 6 p.m. after a special one-hour edition of News 2 at 5.  

Click here for complete coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft in Music City. 

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