200,000 attend first night of NFL Draft

200,000 attended NFL Draft on 1st night

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Huge crowds visited Nashville for the first night of the NFL Draft and Friday night is expected to be even bigger.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp estimates around 200,000 people filled the city to welcome in a new class of stars to the NFL.

Pro football fans from all over the country broke the record for NFL Draft attendance last night turning downtown Nashville into a huge party.

“Bigger than New Year’s Eve, CMA’s... biggest single day event.. yeah,” said Ted Hammond, Nashville resident.

Ted Hammond and his family are Detroit Lions fans that now live in the Music City and his assumptions aren't wrong.

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp says the three-day weekend could bring close to 300,000 people to the city.

That would make it the single largest sporting event ever in Tennessee.

"It's a great venue for this. The downtown area is great. All the different places to go, places to eat, things to do," said Mark Meltzer, Giants fan.

Daniel Lopez, a lifelong Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, came all the from Austin, Texas for the event. Lopez also attended last year's draft, but says this one is another level.

"It was crazy. I got a picture on my phone of the stage on the inside, back out, looking down, and it's pandemonium. For them to stay during the rain. That's dedication," said Lopez.

Cookville native Will Hutchins was one of those fans in Broadway last night. He's a Titans supporter who weathered the rain to watch the draft live, and says it was worth it.

"It was amazing. Next thing's the Super Bowl right? That's what we're hoping for," said Hutchins.

After the display for the draft, the NFL might have to seriously consider Nashville a future Super Bowl destination.

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