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Gov. Whitmer Proclaims NFL Draft Week in Michigan from April 22-28

Michigan Business Network
April 22, 2024 6:15 AM

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LANSING, Mich.  – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring April  22-28 as NFL Draft week in Michigan. Detroit will proudly host the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza, where NFL teams will convene to select the next generation of talent.   

“Detroit is fired up to host the NFL Draft,” said Governor Whitmer. "Our state is home to some of the best stories in football, and the draft will bring fans from across the country to Michigan. It's also an opportunity to uplift the city, support local businesses and workers, and keep telling our story. Let’s seize this opportunity to show everyone what Michigan is all about and make this NFL Draft week unforgettable for both residents and visitors.”   

“The NFL Draft is going to do more for our city in terms of economic activity and its national image than any single event in Detroit’s history,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “This week, hundreds of thousands of visitors will be staying at our hotels, shopping at our stores and dining at restaurants across the city. We’ve been working behind the scenes for more than a year and now is the time for our city to shine."   

"The NFL Draft is going to be the largest and most inclusive sporting event in Michigan's history," said Claude Molinari, President and CEO of Visit Detroit. By highlighting Detroit's beauty and vitality, hundreds of thousands of visitors and tens of millions of TV viewers around the world will see what we already know. Detroit and Michigan are great places to live, work, invest, and visit."   

The NFL Draft is one of the most anticipated events in sports, and this year, all eyes are on Detroit. The event will take place over a course of three days from April 25 to 27, where 32 NFL teams will convene to select new talent for their rosters. Set against the backdrop of Detroit’s dynamic cityscape, this year’s draft promises to be a showcase of both emerging football stars and the city itself. Hosting the draft is expected to bring 300,000 visitors to the city, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in business.   

Governor Whitmer wrote to the NFL in March 2021, supporting Detroit’s bid to be the home of the 2024 NFL Draft. A year later, thanks to the hard work and advocacy of so many Michiganders, Detroit landed the bid. To view the full letter, click the link below:   


To view the full proclamation, click here   




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