For those football fans who already scored free tickets via the NFL Draft lottery to be inside AT&T Stadium during the 2018 NFL Draft, kudos to you.  You’ll be among the lucky ones with seating inside the stadium during one of the three rounds of the NFL Draft!  But for those of us who aren’t indoors, there are still lots of fun ways to be involved outside AT&T Stadium during all three days of the draft by visiting the NFL Draft Experience. 

All we have to do is visit to sign up.  Once you register on-line, your Fan Mobile Pass will be e-mailed to you.  The personal scan code which the NFL will e-mail to you gives you exclusive access to NFL Draft Experience attractions.  You will also have the chance to win standby tickets to go inside the stadium and be part of the audience in the NFL Draft Theatre.

As for the outdoor NFL Draft Experience in Arlington, it will be located in the plazas and parking lots of AT&T Stadium.  The 2018 NFL Draft Experience will be the largest free festival created by the NFL, spanning the size of 26 football fields. 

The dates/hours for the NFL Draft Experience are:

Thursday, April 26:  12pm-10pm

Friday, April 27:  12pm-10pm

Saturday, April 28:  10pm-6pm

Here are some of the activities/events you can enjoy at NFL Draft Experience:

Autograph Stage: Get free autographs from current NFL players and NFL Legends.

Vince Lombardi Trophy: take your photo with one of the five Cowboys Super Bowl trophies.

Locker Room: Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of a real NFL pregame inside our video tunnel.

Cowboys On-Field Experience: Visit NFL Draft Experience on Saturday, April 28 for the opportunity to go on the field for unique experiences and photos. Due to high demand, fans are encouraged to register ahead of time at

NFL Museum: includes Hall of Fame memorabilia, bronze busts of Hall of Fame inductees, a full collection of 51 Super Bowl rings, the trophies for the AFC & NFC Championship games as well as the trophy awarded to the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.  Get your own bronze bust digitized at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit.

College Football Corner: View College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former Round 1 Draft picks and Eagles legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from your favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities. 

NFL Draft Set: Visit the official NFL Draft set and take your spot behind the podium.

ESPN Set: Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.

NFL Network Desk: Take your seat behind the NFL Network Total Access desk and break down the 2017 Draft.

NFL Draft Experience Tailgate: Enjoy selections from some of Dallas' best restaurants in a "taste of the town" tailgate.

Music Stage: Visit the stage featuring appearances by NFL team mascots, cheerleaders and drum lines and local musical talent.

NFL Auction: Stop by the NFL Auction in the NFL Museum for giveaways and chances to win NFL instant prizes by checking in with your Fan Mobile Pass. View game worn and signed memorabilia available only on the NFL Auction website.

NFL Helmet Photo Opportunity: As you enter NFL Draft Experience, find your favorite NFL team oversized helmet and have your photo taken by a Pepsi brand ambassador. Share your photos through your favorite social channel and Fan Mobile Pass.

Look Like A Pro: Step inside a uniformed body-cast mold bearing the insignia of your favorite NFL team and have a friend snap your photo.


NFL Virtual Reality: Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.

GAMES (your Fan Mobile Pass is required to take part in games)

The Combine Corner:

Vertical Jump: Jump as high as you can and hit the corresponding flag to discover your vertical reach just like at the NFL Scouting Combine.

40-Yard Dash: Race down the field against your opponents and digital NFL players on a giant 40-yard long LED wall.

Hail Mary: Test your long-distance accuracy by throwing a deep pass over defenders into a drop-in net.

NFL Training Camp: Race through a series of obstacles and train like a pro.

Touch Pass: Master one of the most difficult throws for an NFL quarterback by throwing the ball on an arc over a defensive player and into a net.

FedEx Air Challenge: Test your passing accuracy on specially designed targets.

NFL PLAY 60 Zone

Gear Up & Go: Try on NFL equipment and feel what it's like to get dressed for gameday.

Kids' Extra Point Kick: Test your ability to kick a field goal through scaled down NFL uprights.

Kids' Long Snap: Test your ability to snap the ball like a pro.

Kids' Quarterback Challenge: Test your passing skills.

NFL PLAY 60 App Station: Run, jump and turn through a simulated world in an app designed by NFL PLAY 60 and the American Heart Association.

NFL PLAY 60 Zone Obstacle Course: Race through agility drills just like the pros and test your high jump abilities, leap over obstacles and bob and weave through mini tackling dummies.

NFL RUSH Gameday: Experience gameday with an app designed for kids to play fun games, customize their own avatars, watch videos, and unlock cool digital gear from their favorite teams.

Play Football Field: Watch and learn from USA Football coaches and play NFL FLAG football. On-field clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6-17. Daily clinics open on a first-come, first-served basis.  Dates/hours are:  Thursday 4/26, 12-9pm; Friday 4/27, 12pm-9pm; Saturday 4/28, 10am-4:30pm.

If the above-listed activities and interactive experiences don’t convince you to come to Arlington for the NFL Draft Experience, maybe you’ll take advice from Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson, the wide receiver who is one of the team’s most iconic former players.

"For those who believed last year's NFL Draft created an amazing atmosphere, just wait until this year's event," Pearson told "From incredibly passionate Dallas Cowboys fans, to the largest free football festival in league history, the 2018 NFL Draft will be the biggest and best one yet. No doubt about it." 

Yes, Drew Pearson is the former Cowboy who punked Eagles’ fans during last year’s NFL Draft in Philadelphia.  Pearson was asked by the NFL and the Cowboys to serve as a Community Ambassador for this year’s draft in Arlington.  I can’t wait to see what he has in store for rival fans this spring!