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NFL Draft 2017: Free events for fans in Philadelphia, including a zip line and autographs

Workmen construct the stage for the upcoming 2017

Workmen construct the stage for the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Credit: AP / Matt Rourke

The NFL Draft hasn’t been held in New York since 2014. But this year, it’s in Philadelphia, making it close enough for a weekend trip — and the NFL is offering a ton of free events that weekend to entice fans to come.

​ ​The NFL released its list of events during draft weekend, including a 100-yard zip line, interactive exhibits and virtual reality experiences.

​​​​​​​​Fans will be able to watch the draft live via a viewing gallery at Selection Square at The Franklin Institute. The NFL Draft Experience, open Thursday-Saturday, will house all the games, interactive aspects and giveaways.

Some of the more notable offerings include:

Zip to the Future: Fans can fly over NFL Draft Experience on a 100-yard zip line.

Combine Corner: Fans can do the vertical jump and race digital NFL players along an LED wall in the 40-yard dash.

Vince Lombardi Trophy photo opps: Take a photo with the Super Bowl trophy.

NFL Virtual Reality: Fans can experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.

NFL Play 60 Zone: Young fans can do various football activities, such as putting on NFL gear, kicking extra points, long snapping and passing.

College Football Corner: Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first-round picks and Eagles legends.

Autograph Stage: Fans can get free autographs from current and former NFL players all weekend. An autograph schedule will be released in the coming days.

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