Even during a pandemic, tens of thousands of visitors are expected for what is sure to be one heck of a party!
CLEVELAND — The moment has finally arrived.
The 2021 NFL Draft has made its way to Cleveland, with tens of thousands of fans pouring into the lakefront to see who their teams will select this year. Even during a pandemic, hotels and businesses are bustling for what is sure to be one heck of a party.
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This marks the first time in two years spectators will be allowed to attend the draft, after COVID-19 forced last year’s event to go all-remote. The league is allowing fully vaccinated people directly into the area with the main draft stage, while others can still take part in spectacles such as the NFL Draft Experience festival as well as other attractions throughout downtown Cleveland. Some health restrictions are also being relaxed as more people get vaccinated, per CDC recommendations.
As for the draft itself, there isn’t a lot of drama surrounding the first overall pick, with the Jacksonville Jaguars expected to take decorated Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. After that, though, things could get interesting, especially when it comes to the remaining QBs on the board.
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We’ll have live, up-to-the-minute coverage for you throughout the weekend, with updates on both football as well as the atmosphere. Scroll below to see what’s happening now!
1:52 p.m. – After a couple days of warm weather, temperatures have dropped a bit in Cleveland, and rain has also been falling on and off. Forecasters hope things will clear up by draft time.
11:18 a.m. – The hometown team began celebrating a little early, as Browns general manager Andrew Berry and his wife Brittan welcomed their daughter Eden! It’s the couple’s third child.