Lots of excitement about the NFL Draft making its way to Philly, Thursday, April 27th through Saturday, April 29th. (Nice photo of the official 'welcome' banner below, courtesy of Hugh E Dillon Twitter) The three-day festival will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval and the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. With that, we will need to navigate through many parking restrictions and road closures. Here's the plan, courtesy of The City of Philadelphia.
Start: 4/10/17 - 12:01am
End: 5/7/17 - 11:59pm
Spring Garden Street westbound will close at Pennsylvania Avenue.-The westbound center roadway of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain two lanes from 20th Street to Eakins Oval. The left lane of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from East Eakins Oval to Spring Garden St. and continue to southbound Kelly Drive, where it will open up to three travel lanes.-The right two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be closed for the building of the theatre.-Southbound Kelly Drive will have a lane drop between 25th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Phase 2:Start: 4/19/17 - 12:01amEnd: 5/2/17 - 11:59pm
Inner lanes (inbound and outbound) of Benjamin Franklin Parkway closed from Eakins Oval to 20th Street.
Start: 4/24/17 - 7:00pm
End: 5/1/17 - 5:00am
-Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from 20th Street to the Art Museum.
-Martin Luther King Drive will remain open to 24th Street.
-Eastbound Spring Garden Street will remain open from 31st Street to 24th Street.
-Kelly Drive will be closed at Fairmount Avenue with traffic detoured onto Fairmount Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue Starting at 7:00pm on Monday, April 24th, due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp. Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue. Those wishing to access the rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the north side must exit onto Fairmount Avenue, turn right on Pennsylvania Avenue and proceed SB on 25th Street onto Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive.
Phase 4 - Full Extent of Road Closures
Start: 4/25/17 - 12:01am
End: 5/1/17 - 5:00am
21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street; local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)
-22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street; local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)
-23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway; local access only
-24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place; local access only
-Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive; road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street
-Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue-Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street; road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street; access to I-76 westbound will be maintained; local access to Art Museum will be maintained
-Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway; local access after peak AM rush hour
-Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue; local access after peak AM rush hour
-Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street; local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only; eastbound open from 21st Street-Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street; local access only (residents)
-I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closedThe following streets be designated "local access only" west of 22nd Street:
-Wallace Street-Mt. Vernon Street-Green Street-Judson Street-Brandywine StreetNo Parking
-No parking on 2400 Pennsylvania Avenue (south side angle parking only) from 4/5 to 5/8-Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street only)
-Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
-20th Street between Vine & Callowhill Streets (east side of street only)-21st Street between Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)
-22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
-Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)
Bicycle Lane Detours
During venue construction, a number of bicycle lanes along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be detoured. Appropriate signage will be prominently displayed, and cyclists are advised to utilize marked detours.
During venue construction, a number of sidewalks and pathways along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be detoured. Appropriate signage will be prominently displayed, and pedestrians are advised to utilize marked detours and avoid walking in the street. The primary north-south pedestrian detours will be 22nd Street and Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive
.Public Transportation and Parking
SEPTA is a convenient, affordable way for fans to get to and from the event grounds. The PHLCVB has secured FREE parking at the sports stadium complex for NFL Draft Experience attendees. From the sports stadium complex, event-goers should utilize the Broad Street Subway at AT&T Station, located at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. Fares can be purchased onsite, and fans are encouraged to purchase their return fare prior to departing AT&T Station. SEPTA service changes/alerts can be found at www.septa.org.SEPTA Customer Service can be reached at 215-580-7800 and directly on Twitter @septa_social. For more information on SEPTA and NJ Transit routes and schedules during the NFL Draft Experience, visit www.septa.org or call 215-580-7800, and www.njtransit.org or call 973-275-5555.
The PHLASH Downtown Loop will add service for Thursday, 4/27 for the NFL Draft Experience and will operate its April weekend schedule Friday, 4/28 - Sunday, 4/30. PHLASH runs 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is an easy, inexpensive way to get around. PHLASH will re-route due to street closures during the NFL Draft Experience and will communicate any detours at http://RidePhillyPHLASH.com
.If driving into Center City is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages conveniently are located near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority's website at www.philapark.org for a list of parking options.
The NFL Draft Experience is not affiliated with these parking facilities.
Most of the cultural institutions on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain normal hours of operation and, in some cases, even extend schedules during the NFL Draft Experience. Visitors and residents are encouraged to visit.