The 2024 NFL Draft comes to Detroit April 25-27. Thinking about coming down for the event? It's free! But there are a few things you should plan ahead of time to make it a better experience.

The draft will mainly take place in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius/Cadillac Square. Security entry points are located at:

  • Jefferson Ave. & Randolph Street
  • Jefferson Ave. & Griswold Street
  • Cadillac Square & Randolph

Parking downtown is not recommended and will be scarce at best. Street parking will be closed to allow for emergency vehicles to get where they need to go. Street closures continue weekly leading up to the event, and much of downtown will be closed to traffic for the event. If you choose to drive, there are shuttles available fairly close to the action.

Fan shuttles are available at these park and ride locations:

  • Coming from the north, WSU Structures 1, 5, and 2 at 450 W. Palmer Ave. will be open for $10 per car.
  • Coming from southwest, Bagley Mobility Hub at 1501 Wabash Street will be open, with prepay recommended at $15 per car.
  • Coming from the east, the River East Garage, 214 Rivard Street is open, prepay recommended for $15 per car.

For $5 per car, you can park at one of these lots and hop on the Qline (which will run to the Sproat stop):

  • WSU Lot 12 – Harper & Woodward - near the Amsterdam station
  • New Center Garage – 116 Lothrop - near the Grand Blvd station
  • Cass Garage – 6540 Cass Ave - near the Baltimore station
  • John R & Piquette – 6230 John R. - near the Amsterdam station

The SMART bus system will have park and ride locations across metro Detroit. One-way fares will be $2.00 per adult, $1.00 per child ages 5-18, $.50 per adult age 65+ and the disabled. More on timing and routes can be found here.


Once you get into downtown, the People Mover is your best bet for getting to other parts of the CBD. It's running 24 hours and it's free.

The Qline will also be free and will run 8 12 a.m. during the draft. The closest it will get to downtown is the Sproat stop at Little Caesars Arena.

Other options for getting around include rideshares (Uber & Lyft) and MoGo bikes, which have stations all over the city and region. As a reminder, there's a new bus service to and from the airport, the Detroit Air Express (DAX), which is $8 at the door, $6 with a reservation.

Keep up to date for transit options here.