We were lucky enough to win tickets to the NFL draft in Chicago! We documented our experiences in Draft Town and Selection square, check it out!
Winners had to pick up wristbands between 12-2pm at the ticket check-in area. The NFL did an amazing job organizing the pick up process, we only had to wait about 45 minutes to get our wristbands.
We came back at 4:15pm right after the main entrance to Draft Town was opened.
We didn’t have a whole lot of time to check out the rest of Draft Town, but we did get to check out the Vince Lombardi trophy on display, and play around with the team mannequins. They had one for each team on display that you could “step into” to get a picture with.
I snapped a quick pic of Selection Square from outside of it before we came in.
We waited about 15 minutes in like, where they then cut off our wristbands and gave us a ticket. Seats were completely random, and for some reason nobody was seated in the front middle.
They had a separate refreshment section only for Selection Square where you could purchase beer or food and also use the restroom. This was key due to the fact you cannot exit Selection Square and re-enter.
Selection Square is where the teams submit their final selections. Here you can see a few of the representatives from each team sitting in Selection Square prepping to make their picks.
Every time, and I mean EVERY time Roger Goodell stepped out, he was greeted with nothing but boos. The only time there was more booing was whenever there was a packer highlight shown.
The Bears fans got really into it during pick number 7! (For better quality open with twitter)
— CFB Nation (@UofCFB) May 1, 2015
There was a sea of fans sitting behind Selection Square going all the way to the back of draft town. Dedication!
The atmosphere was really cool. Although it was getting pretty cold out, the lights and the energy the fans brought out helped keep a good mood.
You can see the Prudential Building and Aon Center getting into the Draft Town spirit with their office lights.
Here is the swag bag that selection square winners got upon entering.
- NFL Draft string bag
- Sour Skittles
- Cracker Jack’d energy trail mix
- Head and Shoulders Old Spice shampoo
- USB car charger
- Magnetic bag clip
- Big Game flyer
- Draft selection sheet
- Draft pin
- Draft pick playing cards
- Live Sports Radio
- The Live Sports Radio was the most interesting item in the bag. It was shaped similarly to a Bluetooth headset, allowing fans to listen to either the NFL Network or ESPN while watching the draft.
And that was it for the first round of the draft! Comment below to let us know what you think!