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SBJ/April 25 - May 1, 2011/Franchises
Team-by-team NFL draft plans
Published April 25, 2011, Page 6
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• Arizona Cardinals: Draft-day party outside University of Phoenix Stadium in conjunction with a new food and music festival staged by the team and its Rojo Events arm; cheerleaders on hand, and viewing of the draft; free of charge on Thursday, but $5 on Friday or Saturday for the Big Red Rib & Music Festival.
• Atlanta Falcons: Draft day festivities at 23 Taco Mac locations, presented by Miller, Piedmont and Taco Mac; cheerleader appearances.
• Baltimore Ravens: Small event at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood; appearances by cheerleaders and team mascot.
• Buffalo Bills: Free parties Thursday and Friday for season-ticket holders, suite holders and corporate partners at the team facility. The events will feature live entertainment, food and beverage, and live interviews with the team’s coaching staff.
• Carolina Panthers: Opening their stadium for the first time to all fans for locker room and field access as part of a celebration of having the No. 1 pick; party sponsored by Bud Light; field will be set up like game day, and a Kids’ Combine area will be available.
• Chicago Bears: Annual Miller Lite draft party at Soldier Field on Friday; $40 cost for fans includes food, $50 price for party and fan convention the next day, or $600 for a table that seats 10 and also a gift and two parking passes; fans can talk to GM Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith via Skype chat.
• Cincinnati Bengals: Parties for select season-ticket holders and business partners on Thursday and Friday at Paul Brown Stadium.
• Cleveland Browns: Free party at stadium open to all fans (previous years was only for season-ticket holders); alumni appearances expected.
• Dallas Cowboys: Free event for fans at stadium; $10 for parking.
• Denver Broncos: Free party at Jackson’s bar ($1 draft beers sold while Broncos are on the clock); party invitation advertises hearing from John Elway after the first-round pick and a contest for a chance to meet that pick.
• Detroit Lions: Friday event at Hard Rock Cafe, beginning just before the start of the second round, open to all fans; alumni appearances expected, and possible appearance by first-round pick.
• Green Bay Packers: Free party at Curly’s Pub in Lambeau Field Atrium; appearances by Packers President Mark Murphy, GM Ted Thompson, coach Mike McCarthy and two alumni players; flagship radio station on site.
• Houston Texans: Free party at Reliant Stadium, sponsored by Miller Lite; includes viewing options within the stadium bowl; micro events geared toward men, women and kids; 2011 cheerleader finalists there, with fans able to vote their choice.
• Indianapolis Colts: Free party at Cadillac Ranch and Bartini’s; cheerleader and alumni appearances; giveaways.
• Jacksonville Jaguars: 17th Annual Bud Light Draft Party, presented by PRI Productions, at outdoor shopping mall in Jacksonville is a free viewing party; on Saturday, Team Teal members are offered a party at the stadium with the possibility of meeting the team’s first-round pick. (Team Teal members are season-ticket holders who have helped sell other season tickets.)
• Kansas City Chiefs: Annual draft day party at club in Arrowhead Stadium, with appearances by owner Clark Hunt, GM Scott Pioli, and offensive and defensive coordinators; $15 ticket in advance, $18 at the door, $85 special VIP seating, $10 for kids under 12, and under 2 free.
• Miami Dolphins: Free parties presented by Pepsi Max at SunLife Stadium and in Naples and North Palm Beach; at the stadium, live draft coverage, alumni autographs, cheerleader appearances and a season-ticket push.
• Minnesota Vikings: Annual draft event at team training facility sponsored by Miller Lite; live radio broadcast on KFAN-AM on-site; coach Leslie Frazier is expected to address the crowd after the first-round pick; appearances by cheerleaders, mascot and alumni; promotions throughout the evening, including a prize to travel the next day to New York for rounds two through seven; tickets cost $5 for season-ticket holders, $10 for other fans.
• New England Patriots: Season-ticket holder event on April 23 at Gillette Stadium; draft-day party for fans, costing $65 a ticket, at the stadium, and post-draft event next Tuesday, May 3, for premium-seating members, also at the stadium.
• New Orleans Saints: Small event across the street from the Superdome hosted by local radio station; only a few hundred people expected.
• New York Giants: Free draft party at New Meadowlands Stadium, with season-ticket holders sharing space with New York Jets fans for the first time; members of the 1986 championship team will be on hand.
• New York Jets: Free draft party at New Meadowlands Stadium, open to all; within the stadium, different events will be staged for fans, suite and club-seat holders, PSL owners, and sponsors.
• Oakland Raiders: Party at Oakland barbecue restaurant Everett & Jones; cheerleader and alumni appearances, contests, prizes.
• Philadelphia Eagles: First team with a draft app, unveiled last week for mobile access; three TV specials planned, along with a series of live Web shows; draft-day party at Lincoln Financial Field, for which the 6,500 free, first-come-first-served tickets were issued in a few days.
• Pittsburgh Steelers: Draft-day event on Saturday at Heinz Field; $5 for kids and $12 for adults, with the chance to meet the team’s first-round pick; fans who donate blood at a blood drive at the stadium that day get in free; kids ages 6-14 can participate in youth skill sessions.
• St. Louis Rams: Hosted an event last week for season-ticket holders with GM Billy Devaney and coach Steve Spagnuolo; Thursday night events at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar locations; Friday VIP invitation event at team facility.
• San Diego Chargers: Stadium event for club-seat holders, and a smaller event for prospective advertisers and partners at the team’s Chargers Park training facility.
• San Francisco 49ers: Annual draft party at the Santa Clara Convention Center; $2 charge, with proceeds going to Japan earthquake and tsunami relief; alumni and cheerleader appearances.
• Seattle Seahawks: Draft party presented by Qwest at the WaMu Theater located at the Qwest Field Event Center; party also at Earl’s Kitchen & Bar in Bellevue; cheerleader appearances.
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Annual Miller Lite draft party, free at Raymond James Stadium; appearances by GM Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris.
• Tennessee Titans: Small event at LP Field for premium-ticket holders and sponsors.
• Washington Redskins: Free draft party presented by NFL Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster on Saturday, with coach Mike Shanahan scheduled to address fans about the team’s selections; alumni, cheerleaders, marching band and free raffles expected.