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January 18, 2019

NFL gets ready for Philly

Alex Lloyd Gross Photo- Delaware Valley News.com A view inside Selection Square.

By Alex Lloyd Gross

Football fans are a rabid bunch and nowhere are fans more dedicated than in Philly. So with the Philadelphia Eagles  hosting the NFL Draft, it’s going to be a party. Even though the actual draft does not  start until 7:00 PM, the NFL Draft Experience starts at noon.  Less than 24 hours before opening, NFL officials took the media on a quick tour of the area.

The first thing people will see is  a huge main entry at 21st and the Parkway.  Fans will have to got through metal detectors  and will not be allowed to bring in weapons, even if you have a concealed carry permit, not even a penknife is permitted.  No video cameras are allowed and camera buffs, sorry keep the telephoto lens at home, it cannot come in. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside.  No back packs either.

Alex Lloyd Gross- photo- Delaware Valley News.com A view of the 40 yard dash getting put together.

Once inside, the draft area, fans are directed to a large merchandise tent, where they can purchase t shirts for $29.99  or other items from any of the NFL teams that will be there. You can bypass the tent if you do not want to shop. If your stomach is not queasy, try the virtual reality theater.  Maybe you want to try a vertical jump or make your way over to  toss a football past cutouts of pro players. If you are quick, you can test your speed against a video of a player  and run the 40 yard dash. You can even see the Lombardi Trophy. All of that is called the NFL Experience and it opens tomorrow at noon.

During the media preview, a lot of it was under construction. NFL officials promise it will all be open and operational by noon tomorrow. Fans can also take a peek at Selection Square, inside the Franklin Institute.  That’s where all of business happens, as the team representatives sit at their desks and choose what players get drafted. That portion of the museum will be open during draft hours.






Alex Lloyd Gross
Alex Lloyd Gross has the reputation for aggressive news coverage. With over 40 years experience including working at The News Gleaner, and had his work published in books and magazines that span the entire globe. With a strong background in emergency service related topics, he can bring forth a perspective that others cannot.
A contributor to Starfile Photo Agency for 20 years, Alex has been given access to and has photographed luminaries of both stage and screen.
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