Nashville has been chosen as the host city for the 2019 NFL Draft, which will span from April 25-27. In short, this means lots of tourism revenue for the city. City leaders expect the event to be the biggest media event in the city's recent history.
Numbers from Previous Years
According to The Tennesseean, the 2018 NFL Draft, which was held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, generated a record-breaking $125 million in economic impact and $74 million in direct spending. This bodes well for Nashville's returns, though no exact estimate has been given.
In years past, the event has attracted some 250,000 attendees, and Mayor David Briley predicts at least 25,000 out-of-town visitors will be in Nashville for the event. Nashville hotels are gearing up for these out-of-towners by offering draft-specific hotel packages.
In true Nashville fashion, the event will also feature live music. Fairgrounds Speedway will host artists NBA Young Boy, Young Dolph, Key Glock, and Yella Beezy at the Annual Nashville Draft Music & Food Festival on April 27. Ticket prices range from $55 for general admission to $250 for the VIP Suite.
Admission to the event itself is free with festivities taking place all around downtown Nashville. The event kicks off with the NFL Draft Red Carpet at the Green at Riverfront Park. The main NFL Draft stage will be on First and Broadway, and Selection Square will be hosted by Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The NFL Draft Experience, including an autograph stage, interactive games and clinics, the NFL Shop, and the Taste of Tailgate with Nashville restaurants, will be held in the parking lots and areas surrounding Nissan Stadium.
Where to Watch the Draft
If you want to join in the excitement without all the crowds, Nashville's sports bars offer plenty of screens to view the action. Here are our recommendations in some of Nashville's hottest neighborhoods.
In the heart of the Five Points area, you'll find this solid sports bar with 25 HD televisions and 125 beer options, including 25 on draft.
For a place the whole family can enjoy, you can't go wrong with the pizza, beer, televisions, and playground at this East Nashville hotspot.
Located in the 5th and Main building, this fresh spot features 23 TVs, a sports-bar eclectic menu, and plenty of beer on draft.
A self-proclaimed "beer hall for hall" that is family-friendly until 10 p.m. and has plenty of screens throughout. With 60 craft beer drafts, 60+ bottles and cans, sliders, wings, smoked meats, and more, you'll have plenty to enjoy while you watch the NFL draft.
A local restaurant with 55 TV's in each location and an expansive food menu to satisfy every member of your crowd.
A 2-story sports bar with plenty of fan-action at the TVs, bars, and seats throughout.
In business for over 15 years, this location has the ultimate "neighborhood bar feel" that'll put you right at home.
You're guaranteed a view of a big screen in any seat at this "music venue with a sports addiction." There's even at TV on the patio so you can keep up with the score while you enjoy a beautiful day.
Serving more than just traditional bar food, Tavern has an upbeat atmosphere and 14 TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Offering a more upscale, sports-friendly atmosphere, there's a nine-screen TV wall at this location, a central bar, and booths large enough for your entire crew.
In this multi-floor neighborhood gathering spot, there's space for every size group, including couple's tables where you can pour your own draft. Wraps, sliders, burgers, and a foot-long grilled cheese are just a handful of the menu options.
A casual place to grab a burger and a beer with televisions throughout. If you get bored, there are plenty of arcade games and a huge outdoor area with giant Jenga to keep you busy!
Known for its laid-back atmosphere, pub grub, happy hour specials, and plenty of beers on draft.
A new-comer to the Nashville sports bar scene, this family-friendly spot features plenty of TVs, a large projection wall, and individual audio boxes for each table.
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