Draft Town was way larger than we expected with activities for both kids and adults. I thought the area where kids (and quite a few adults) could go through the drills part of the NFL Combine was a great idea.
My favorite part of Draft Town was the Selection Square. There, you could stand and cheer as your team made its selections. Below the fan area was the section where team representatives made their selections. The selections were made on a piece of paper, and runners would then inform NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of the selection. I thought it was interesting to learn more about the process. I had no idea the team representative and Goodell weren’t in the same building! I also loved how the Buckingham Fountain would change to the color of the team selecting when the pick was in.
After hanging out in the Selection Square for several picks, we headed over to take a photo with the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Of course, we also had to check out the college football section, which featured a bunch of memorabilia and uniforms. I really liked the sideline coat from the University of Chicago Maroons, a founding member of the Big Ten, and Jay Berwanger’s Heisman trophy. Berwanger was the first Heisman trophy winner and the first pick in the first NFL draft. I was surprised to find a Baylor uniform in a room mostly full of Big Ten teams.