NASHVILLE (WSMV) - Officials have released new information about the upcoming NFL Draft in Nashville.

City officials are expecting crowds close to 300,000 for the events associated with the draft. Organizers say this is "the largest festival footprint ever for an NFL Draft."

The main NFL Draft stage will be located along First Avenue near Broadway. Draft picks will take place on the evenings of April 25, April 26 and April 27.

NFL officials visited Nashville several times over the past few months to decide where the main stage would be located. They eventually decided on Lower Broadway for several reasons, including the success of last year's event for the unveiling of the new Titans uniform.

Selection Square, where representatives from each club will make their draft selections, will be located at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The red carpet for the event will take place on April 25 at The Green at Riverfront Park.

There will also be broadcast booths for ESPN, ABC and the NFL located along Broadway.

Several concerts featuring "high-level talent" are being planned for the main stage on Broadway and for another stage across the Cumberland River for all three days. Additional information about the performers will be released within the next few months.

"I think every year we have raised the bar, and I am incredibly confident that in Nashville, we’ll raise it again," said Matt Shapiro, VP for event strategy and Integration at the NFL. "Just how special that downtown area is, and the energy that comes on every single day of the week, it is a really exciting prospect to think about bringing the energy and excitement of our draft to an area that on its own has that level of energy and excitement. I think it has that multiplier effect that puts the draft at a level we’ve never seen before."

Admission to all of the events will be free. There will be limited seating and some VIP areas, but fans will be able to line the streets of Broadway to watch as picks are announced.

The NFL Draft Experience, a three-day football festival, will be held in the parking lots and areas around Nissan Stadium. Fans will be able to participate in interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more.

Below is the schedule for the NFL Draft Experience:

  • April 25: Noon to 10 p.m.
  • April 26: Noon to 10 p.m.
  • April 27: 9 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"The NFL Draft will be one of the biggest sports events in the history of Tennessee – another great opportunity for Nashville to welcome the world and show fans, players and media what we’re all about," said Nashville Mayor David Briley in a news release. “We’re looking forward to showing off our city and our unrivaled live music scene to all who attend. Events like this generate important revenues that allow us to make long-term investments that benefit all of Nashville. I’m glad the NFL agrees that our great city, which the Titans have called home for 20 years, is the perfect location to kick off its 100th season."

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Kara is an Emmy Award-winning digital producer. She is a Cincinnati native and an alumna of the University of South Carolina. She previously worked at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Ga., before moving to Nashville five years ago to work at WSMV-TV.

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