Unlike last year, the NFL draft will not be conducted in a virtual manner, but in Cleveland. On a huge stage, thousands of fans and site commissioner Roger Goodell were greatly booed every time they showed up on the platform. This shows that life is resuming its progress.
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The NFL did everything possible to refuse to yield and submitted its annual ballot in a virtual format. In this scaled-down demonstration, Goodell announced his basement site selection, the CEO’s children circled the camera in the house, and Bill Berishick’s dog stole the show.
This time, let alone a sunny day, the draft has returned to glory.
From Thursday to Saturday, the city of Cleveland will enter draft mode, and it is expected that at least 50,000 masked people will be part of the “draft experience” every day. People can shop here, watch the artifacts of the Hall of Fame, and participate in various sports games, which are mandatory for NFL drafters.
In the current state of health, there are many people in the city, but it is still much lower than the 400,000 people expected three days before the emergence of COVID.
At three locations in the urban area, there will be areas for sitting, watching drafts and watching performances. Once again, it is a reality completely different from the reality currently prevailing in Quebec!
Two very different fields
Spectators can also watch the draft, which will take place on a large stage on the shore of Lake Erie, near Browns Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It is planned to reserve an area around the stage for vaccinated amateurs, and it is planned to gather about 5,000 people wearing masks. The other area will not require a vaccination certificate, but will require masks and more social distance. Peter O’Reilly, executive vice president of league activities, said at a press conference this week: “The agreement is very important, and the measures of these agreements are strictly implemented.”
To ensure compliance with the evacuation measures, the NFL chose to erect the largest draft so far, 220 feet wide, 225 feet deep, and 95 feet high.