Football Dreams Come True in Las Vegas with the 2022 NFL Draft
LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas once again shows the world why it is The Greatest Arena on Earth™ as it hosts the 2022 NFL Draft. From Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30, official NFL events will take place alongside exciting experiences, viewing parties and world-class entertainment and shows that can only be found in Las Vegas.
In celebration of this event occurring for the first time in Las Vegas, the destination will welcome the 2022 NFL Draft by Bud Light with a citywide marquee takeover on Wednesday, April 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. PDT. Several resorts are also participating in the celebration by placing football eye black stickers on iconic landmarks, including the lion at MGM Hotel and Casino, the Sphinx at Luxor Hotel and Casino, the David statue at Caesars Palace and more.
Official NFL Events
The National Football League is hosting the following day and evening events throughout Draft weekend. Fans can visit NFL.com/OnePass to gain free entry to the NFL Draft Concert Series presented by Bud Light.
The NFL’s interactive football theme park, the Draft Experience will feature immersive exhibits, sponsor activations and exclusive merchandise at the NFL Shop presented by Visa. Attractions include the FedEx Air Challenge, Play 60 Zone, Bud Light Draft Tavern, Invisalign Photo Frames, and presentations of Super Bowl Rings and the Raiders Vince Lombardi Trophies from Super Bowls XI, XV, and XVIII.
April 28-30; April 28-29, noon-9 p.m.; April 30, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The NFL’s top prospects will take the stage on the Fountains of Bellagio, where they will make media rounds on the Red Carpet before heading to the Draft Theater where draft picks will take place. The Red Carpet will also play host to several local Las Vegas acts throughout the three-day event.
April 28-30; Prospects take the carpet April 28, 2 p.m.
Football fans will also be able to view the Draft Theater as part of the experience, where some of the league’s prospects will take the stage to celebrate being selected to their new team.
April 28-30; April 28, 5-8 p.m.; April 29, 4-8 p.m.; April 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Draft Concert Series at the Draft Theater at The High Roller and The LINQ Promenade
- GRAMMY award-winning rock band Weezer will take the stage following the conclusion of Round 1 of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
- Rapper Ice Cube will headline Day 2 following Round 3 of the NFL Draft on Friday, April 29.
- Chart-topping artist Marshmello will close out the 2022 NFL Draft Concert Series on Day 3, following Round 7 on Saturday, April 30.
- Performances will also be streamed in full on NFL.com, in the NFL app and live on NFL Facebook and YouTube pages each night. Portions of the performances will also be televised across NFL Network and ESPN.
Las Vegas Entertainment Acts at the Draft Theater and Red Carpet Stage
- The winner of season 14 of America’s Got Talent, Kodi Lee, takes the stage at the Draft Theater to perform the national anthem on Thursday, April 28, followed by a performance from Season 9’s AGT winner and The LINQ Hotel + Experience headlining magician Mat Franco.
- The Red Carpet Stage will feature the Las Vegas Academy Singers on Thursday, April 28, in addition to performances by Absinthe by Spiegelworld (appearing at Caesars Palace), Jabbawockeez (appearing at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino), Mad Apple by Cirque du Soleil (debuting at New York-New York Hotel and Casino in late May, 2022).
- Magician Criss Angel, who headlines his Mindfreak show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will take the stage at the Draft Theater for an opening moment on Friday, April 29.
- Kodi Lee will perform at the Red Carpet Stage on Friday, April 29, followed by performances from Terry Fator (appearing at New York-New York Hotel and Casino) and the Blue Man Group (appearing at Luxor Hotel and Casino).
- Day 3 at the Draft Theater will feature performances by several Las Vegas headliners, including Blue Man Group, Piff the Magic Dragon (appearing at Flamingo Las Vegas), Terry Fator and Absinthe by Spiegelworld (appearing at Caesars Palace).
- The Red Carpet Stage closes out the NFL Draft weekend with performances by Patti Pennington & The House of Blues Gospel Choir, the Eldorado High School Madrigal Singers, Wy Mac, and the Aerial Angels of Trapeze Las Vegas.
NFL Draft Week Community Events
- Prospect Youth Football Clinic and Community Event at Draft Experience on Wednesday, April 27.
- Inspire Change Huddle Legacy Event at John D. “Jackie” Gaughan Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada on Wednesday, April 27.
- Special Olympics Clinic at Draft Experience on Thursday, April 28.
- Fuel Up to Play 60 Clinic at Draft Experience on Friday, April 29.
- Draft Day 3 Military Appreciation at Draft Theater on Saturday, April 30.
Exciting Entertainment Opportunities Throughout the Weekend
This production show marries circus, burlesque, and vaudeville acts for an adults-only night out that is like no other.
Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7, 9, & 11 p.m.
This production show features a little bit of something for everybody, from comedy and song to danger and dance—not to mention it stars some of America’s most beloved acts from the hit reality TV show.
Wednesday, April 27, 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, April 28-29, 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 30, 6 & 8:30 p.m.
The satirical comedian returns to The Mirage for another show in the long-standing Aces of Comedy series. Catch his comedic takes on current events when he takes the mic on an iconic Las Vegas stage.
Friday, April 29, 10 p.m.; April 30, 7:30 p.m.
The champion ventriloquist who captured the country’s heart during America’s Got Talent finds her way to the Mirage stage during NFL Draft weekend, entertaining audiences with her sweetheart sensibilities and undeniable talent.
Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Do you want to dance with somebody? This hologram spectacle features the iconic artist’s most memorable songs—perfect for some singalong action!
Various dates, 8 p.m.
The soulful artist, maybe best known for his judging role on NBC’s The Voice, brings his soaring vocals and silky-smooth piano playing to Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater. Experience his “Love in Las Vegas” show, which no doubt will feature many of his celebrated ballads.
Wednesday, April 27; Friday, April 29; Saturday, April 30; 8 p.m.
Mother Monster’s Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano features the megastar performing stripped-down versions of her album favorites, as well as her own special versions of tunes from the Great American Songbook. The Academy Award and GRAMMY winner gives her all on Park MGM’s stage.
Thursday, April 28, 30; Sunday, May 1; 8 p.m.
The GRAMMY Award-winning crooner brings his soulful style and powerful pipes to the Resorts World Theatre. Known for original songs like “Haven’t Met You Yet” and covers of iconic pieces like Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” featuring Tony Bennett, this is sure to be a night to remember while watching a star take the newest stage in Las Vegas.
Wednesday, April 27; Friday, April 29; Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m.
Christian rock band NEEDTOBREATHE will supply a fresh breath of alternative rock at The Venetian Theatre during NFL Draft weekend. The group will excite the crowds with its chart-topping tunes.
Friday, April 29, 8 p.m.
From the same creators behind Absinthe is Opium, a fast, funny, and funky love letter to B-grade science fiction films, brought to life by several variety show performers.
Wednesday-Sunday, 7 & 9 p.m.
The New York Times called him the “hottest comic in America,” which might explain why he’s invited back for yet another run of shows at Wynn Las Vegas. Experience his sarcastic journey in-person in between all the NFL fandom excitement.
Friday-Saturday, April 29-30, 7 & 10 p.m.
The Fab Four’s music comes to life in this visually astounding production by Cirque du Soleil. A multi-sensory psychedelic spectacle, this in-the-round production is celebrated worldwide.
Wednesday, Saturday, April 27-30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
NFL Draft Weekend Specials, Viewing Parties and Events
Art Houz Theaters in Downtown Las Vegas will screen the selections live on one of its luxury theater screens. The space also features an expansive menu to indulge in while watching the action.
Circa Resort & Casino hosts watch parties throughout the weekend, from Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30. The Downtown resort’s Stadium Swim, which features a massive 40-foot-tall HD screen, will offer reserved spots on its pool deck from Thursday, April 28 to Friday, April 29. At Circa Sportsbook, visitors can enjoy the festivities while experiencing the venue’s three stories and a 78-million mega pixel screen with full audio on Thursday, April 28.
Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino presents a Pro Football Draft Watch Party on the Citrus Grand Pool Deck Thursday, April 28, complete with drink specials, a DJ and promotional drawings.
Fremont Street Experience will host a jam-packed weekend of free concerts and shows on all three of its stages in Downtown Las Vegas. The famed digital canopy will also feature an NFL-themed show from Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30 titled “Grid Iron Girls.”
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas has several venues commemorating the historic selection event in Las Vegas, with many offering specials beginning Wednesday, April 27 through Sunday, May 1. Specials are available at Canaletto, KAMU Ultra Karaoke, Mercato della Pescheria, PanIQ Escape Room & Lounge, Royal Britannia Gastropub, Trattoria Reggiano, Trustworthy Brewing Co., Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, and Zeppola Italian Café & Bakery.
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa will be hosting a complimentary in-person draft party on Thursday, April 28 at 3 p.m. at the hotel’s Race and Sports Book. The event will be hosted by former Minnesota Vikings player-turned-head coach Mike Tice and 11-season pro football vet Corey Chavous. Guests in attendance can enter to win draft caps from each team in the league and a slew of prizes from Red Rock Casino. Beverage specials throughout the event will be offered as well.
To celebrate the selection weekend, Encore Beach Club at Night at Wynn Las Vegas will host another epic party from its recently launched new party series called “Hype at Night”. This event called “Hype at Night, Draft Edition” features the headlining artist Dillion Francis. The indoor/outdoor event will immerse guests in a glow-in-the-dark neon experience with illuminating football themed décor. Additionally, NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski is invading Las Vegas at the iconic venue with “Gronk Beach” on Friday, April 29. The high-end pool party will feature Gronk’s favorite musical artists, including the Grammy Award-winning duo The Chainsmokers, paired with amazing food, drinks, interactive beach performers, custom Gronk Beach decor, and more.
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