PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The NFL Draft has never seen anything like this.
Over 100,000 fans showed up for the first round of the draft on Thursday night, which took place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It was an electric experience.
“Without exception, whatever you have here — if it’s a sporting event — people arrive, like numbers that you don’t get anywhere else,” Al Morganti said on Friday’s 94WIP Morning Show. “No other city can you just say we’re having this championship, we’re having this event that involves sports (except the Sixers), that people would just show up. And like, you can’t choreograph this. You can’t just paint a picture of fans, you’ve gotta have it for real.”
The city is showing it’s best side in the national spotlight while hosting the 2017 NFL Draft.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the positive publicity the city gained is something you just can’t pay for.
“We gained a lot of revenue from this and we also gained notoriety around the country and around the world that you can’t buy,” Kenney said.
Rounds 2-3 of the NFL Draft take place on Friday night, beginning at 7 p.m.
Rounds 4-7 begin on Saturday at 12 p.m.
It is free to attend the NFL Draft experience on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.