Detroit 2024 NFL Draft attendance sets Day 1 record with 275,000

The NFL Draft's general admission entry in downtown Detroit was paused as of 6:40 p.m. according to the NFL One Pass app - for good reason.

The Draft in Detroit has set the all-time record for attendance.

Over 275,000 people showed up on the first day of the draft, breaking the all-time Day One Draft record set in 2018 in Nashville – with over 200,000 attendees. 

Last year about 300,000 attended the Draft in Kansas City - in three days total.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - APRIL 25: Fans gather prior to the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza on April 25, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The app was urging visitors to go to Grand Circus Park or other Draft Day locations due to reaching capacity at the general admission entry. 

Other available locations visitors are urged to use include Beacon Park, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park, Harmonie Park, and along Woodward Avenue.

A record amount of downloads of the One Pass app was also set on Thursday for the draft in Detroit.


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The draft started at 8 p.m. with USC quarterback Caleb Williams drafted first. Six QBs were picked in the first round for the first time since 1983 - tying the record.