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Lions To Host Two Free Draft Events For Fans

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Nick Fairley, #13 overall pick by the Detriot Lions, during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 28: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Nick Fairley, #13 overall pick by the Detriot Lions, during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Draft parties include 2012 NFL Draft Party presented by Bud Light and Welcome to Primetime Draft Party at the Hard Rock Cafe Detroit Allen Park, Mich.—For the first time, fans have two opportunities to experience draft events hosted by the Lions. On the opening night of the 2012 NFL Draft, Thursday, April 26, the Lions will co-host the 2012 NFL Draft Party presented by Bud Light at the Fillmore Theatre from 5-11 p.m. On Friday, April 27, the Lions, for the second-straight year, will hold the Welcome to Primetime Draft Party on Day 2 at the Hard Rock Cafe Detroit from 5-8 p.m. where fans could have the opportunity to welcome the Lions’ first round pick.

Thursday’s 2012 NFL Draft Party presented by Bud Light at the Fillmore Theatre is a special-invitational event.

Additionally, the Lions and Bud Light will make approximately 1,000 general admission tickets, FREE of charge, available for the general public at the Fillmore Box Office beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 26.

Activities at the 2012 NFL Draft Party presented by Bud Light include a live broadcast of the NFL Draft (Round 1), Bud Light inflatables, photo opportunities, an appearance by Roary and Lions giveaways. Fans attending Thursday’s event can also purchase Lions merchandise, including new Nike apparel and New Era hats.

Following the Lions first round selection, Lions President Tom Lewand will discuss their pick via Skype to fans in attendance.

On Friday, the Welcome to Primetime Draft Party at the Hard Rock Cafe Detroit is FREE and open to the general public (no ticket required). Hard Rock Cafe Detroit offers its guests FREE parking in the Compuware garage.

After making their first round selection Thursday, April 26, the Lions plan to bring the drafted player to Detroit Friday for an introductory press conference and to introduce him to the fans at the Hard Rock Cafe Detroit (pending flight schedule/availability).

Lions flagship radio station 97.1 FM the Ticket will air a live remote broadcast from 6-6:45 p.m. ET.

Along with the live coverage of Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL draft, other activities include a Q & A session with Detroitlions.com lead writer, Tim Twentyman, and Lions giveaways.

Fans can also purchase Lions merchandise, including new Nike apparel and New Era hats, at the Welcome to Primetime Draft Party.

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