PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The nerve center of the NFL Draft will be open to the public for free — and it’s not at the Art Museum.
The statue of a sitting Ben Franklin at the Franklin Institute overlooks the 32 NFL team tables at what’s called “Selection Square.”READ MORE: Four Children Among Five Killed In Pottstown Home Explosion, Police Say
NFL Director of Event Operations Eric Finkelstein says there’s a viewing gallery where fans can walk in and watch the teams hand in their draft selection cards in real time before the announcement is made at the Art Museum.
“We’ve made special arrangements with the Institute to ensure that fans can be in here every minute when the selections are happening,” Finkelstein said.READ MORE: Beach Erosion Will Keep One-Third Of North Wildwood Beaches Closed Memorial Day Weekend
But he says, don’t expect to get any advance intel on who the teams plan to pick.
“Trust me, the teams are very covert about their selections,” he said. “They’ll be very discreet about their filling out the cards.”MORE NEWS: CBS3 SummerFest: 2 St. Joe's Grads Bringing New Tiki Cruise Experience For Adults To Wildwood
Finkelstein says fans can see Selection Square without having to pay a museum admission fee.