NFL Draft 2018

The Draft is coming to Texas for the first time! From the first-ever draft to take place in an NFL stadium to a festival-like NFL Draft Experience, fans from all 32 teams will have plenty to do. Over 200,000 fans are expected to be in attendance. Plan on driving this weekend? Here's what you need to know:

The basics

When: Thursday, April 26-Saturday, April 28
-Draft begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday
-NFL Draft Experience is open noon-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, surrounding plaza and parking lots.
What: The 2018 NFL Draft will take place inside AT&T Stadium while fan activities, player appearances, the NFL Draft Experience and more performances sprawl across the parking lots and plaza grounds.

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  • Stay on the perimeter. Most of the parking areas adjacent to AT&T Stadium are off limits, and AT&T Way (the street running immediately east of the stadium) is closed to vehicle traffic.
  • The parking map above does NOT include a visual of road closures but is simply used to give you an idea of the layout of the area and where the action will be happening. Please follow direction of staff and officers on-site to avoid citations.
  • Visitors will be pouring into the city throughout the week. Naturally, they will move around to attend the Draft festivities but also to eat, sightsee and shop. 
  • You can find a small list of KNOWN street closures in the Arlington area here
  • Expect partial closures and traffic delays on Division, Collins, Randol Mill and Cowboys Way. AT&T Way will be fully closed to vehicle traffic.
  • Will police control traffic? Arlington city officials say they'll use contraflow — temporarily reversing the usual direction of travel in one or more lanes of a road — to speed traffic on surrounding streets.  Remember, when contraflow is in effect, drive in whatever direction the police on the scene tell you to, even if street signs say otherwise.
  • What about navigation? Arlington works closely with Waze to provide real-time traffic information, including advice on which streets to avoid because of crowds, and which roads police are using for contraflow. So if you have to choose one phone app for this particular event, Waze is probably your best bet.