‘Four years in the making’: NFL Draft countdown underway with construction at the main stage in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND (WJW)– Stage construction continues ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland.

The NFL Draft Main Stage is located next to FirstEnergy Stadium and the Great Lakes Science Center with Lake Erie serving as the backdrop. It’s where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the picks.

Wednesday morning, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission David Gilbert and Cleveland Browns Senior Vice President of Marketing and Media Dino Bernacchi gave members of the media an up-close look.

“Four years in the making,” Bernacchi said. “It’s our launching point to get back in the game.”

Previous drafts have accounted for a more than $100 million economic impact to their respective cities, however, they don’t believe that will be the case for Cleveland.

The 2021 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 29 at 8 p.m.

Organizers said there will be a headlining concert each night of the draft. Artists have not been announced.

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