NFL Draft Town’s return means labor jobs

NFL-Draft-Chicago-620x270THE MAMMOTH NFL DRAFT — which die-hard sports fans dubbed “the Academy Awards of Football” — returns to Chi-Town Draft Town for the second consecutive year, April 28-30, providing a myriad of jobs for film/TV union labor.

The Auditorium Theatre is again Draft headquarters, while the three-day football festival for fans expands to Grant Park and Congress Plaza for a 900,000-sq. ft. celebration of the Draft. Admission is free.

All the services needed to set up an event this large mainly will be supplied by members of Stagehands Local 2, Studio Mechanics Local 476, IBEW 1220, Projectionists 110 and Teamsters 714.

Draft Town activities will run from noon till 10 p.m. April 28-29 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 30.  ESPN, the NFL Network and CBS will provide full coverage.

Prior to coming to Chicago last year, the Draft was held in New York for 52 years; Chicago had hosted Drafts from 1962 to 1964.  More than 200,000 fans had participated last year’s Draft, which generated an economic impact of $81.6 million.




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