Tim McGraw To Headline Free Concert at NFL Draft In Nashville This Spring

Tim McGraw is headlining a free outdoor concert on April 26 as part of the 2019 NFL Draft celebration at the Draft Main Stage in downtown Nashville, the NFL and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. Additional performers for the event will be announced in the coming weeks, and Gospel music great CeCe Winans will sing the National Anthem to help kick off the NFL Draft activities on Thursday, April 25.

More than 20 Nashville-based acts will perform during the three days of activities on the Draft Main Stage and at the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero, a free admission football festival held outside Nissan Stadium. McGraw serves on the Nashville Local Organizing Committee for the Nashville Draft, and no other NFL Draft has integrated free live music to the extent that will be included in the Nashville Draft.

“Each year, the NFL strives to make the Draft weekend a memorable experience for our fans,” said NFL Executive Vice President, Events & Club Business Development, Peter O’Reilly. “The passionate fan base and iconic location will ensure a unique experience that is unlike anything fans have ever seen. We want to thank the Tennessee Titans and the city of Nashville for being a gracious host for the 2019 NFL Draft. We would also like to thank Tim and CeCe for generously giving their time to our fans to make their experience even more memorable.”

“Tim is a world-class musician who will no doubt elevate the fan experience that the NFL and the city are bringing to downtown for the Draft,” said Nashville Mayor David Briley.“Tim’s performance will be a showcase of the talent and charisma we have in our city. Come April, the country will once again see why Nashville has become the international destination it is today.”

Admission to the 2019 NFL Draft is free and open to the public. The Draft Main Stage location will be at First and Broadway, and it is free and open to the public to view Draft selections and the McGraw show. Draft picks on Main Stage will take place evenings of April 25 (Thursday) and April 26 (Friday) and during the afternoon of April 27 (Saturday). The Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be host to Selection Square, which features the team tables where representatives from each club will make their Draft selections. The NFL Draft Red Carpet will take place on April 25 (Thursday) at The Green at Riverfront Park.

The NFL Draft Experience will include an autograph stage with current NFL players and NFL Legends, interactive games, play football clinics, a PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals for the smallest NFL fans, a photo opp with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the NFL Shop presented by Visa at Draft with exclusive NFL merchandise, Taste of Tailgate with Nashville restaurants and Bud Light Bars, the NFL Draft Experience Draft X stage with 1 Nashville-based artists of all genres, the Look Like a Pro experience where fans can step inside a replica NFL Draft Main Stage bearing a draft day jersey of your favorite NFL team and have your photo taken, and more. 

The 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville is expected to be the largest event in Nashville and the State of Tennessee given the anticipated attendance over three days, national networks and media coverage.


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