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Poor weather can be a problem for the NFL draft

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Worst but still: There are metal bleachers where fans can sit and watch. Metallic ink and lightning (it is in the forecast) do not mix well.

There is a chance that the NFL will have to go to Plan B if the weather forecasts worsen. This is, after all, a big television event that happens on several networks. The exhibition must continue, as they say.

But what if there is a late change in the weather? Is it possible that an evacuation could occur during the draft?

Spectators watching the development of the NFL scene built before the first round of NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn. Photo]

NFL has contingency plans

We do not suggest that the league does not have a bad weather plan. It makes it. It’s crazy about having one of these large-scale outdoor events. You have to assume that things will go bad. Mother Nature is the Commissioner this night, not Roger Goodell.

So the NFL has thought about this and planned it in the event that big rain and – most particularly – the flash comes to town.

<p class = “canvas -atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm” type = “text” content = “” This is the NFL. We play in all weather, rain or shine, but if there is a security issue, we have a plan, says NFL’s Event Operations Manager Eric Finkelstein to Tennessean . “We have been working in similar places previously, and we have contingency plans for our contingency plans.” “Data-response time =” 36 “>” This is the NFL. We play in all weather, rain or shine, but if there is a security issue, we have a plan, “NFL Senior Event Operations Manager Eric Finkelstein told Tennessean.” We have worked in similar locations before and we have contingency plans for our contingency plans. . “

The best part of the installation is that the NFL’s general address system is powerful enough to warn fans of something that is happening, and there are venues nearby where the league plans to move the event until it happens.

But how seamless and comfortable would such an evacuation be?

After all, many local bars and restaurants will be booked by the league or other private event sponsors and will not be able to protect the tens of thousands of fans expected to attend.

Where would the draft be moved ?

The current draft field of vision lies in a part of the city on Broadway between the second and fifth Avenues, between Broadway and Commerce Street, and in the Music City Walk of Fame Park. This is where all sellers, monitors and the main stage are set up for fans to enjoy.

If the flash is scared, the event must be moved indoors to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The problem? It is about a place in 1800 places, and many of these sites will be picked up by operators from the league, along with the media and NFL officials. There will be more than 1800 fans on foot who are seeking shelter, and they will not all fit into the arena.

According to the league, some spectators will be able to enter Schermerhorn on a first come, first served basis. But the rest can be on the way home or back to their hotel for the outskirts.

NFL is in a hard place here

The league clearly wants this event to continue as planned outdoors. Moving it would be a huge pain. But it cannot move with flash mixed with metal bleachers. There are several hundred trials waiting to happen if they strive to move it.

And the time is a potentially big issue. What if the weather looks decent at 3 pm but an hour before the draft, the forecast deteriorates? Is it enough time to run the operations and give fans enough time to seek protection?

There is the possibility of the NFL not calling on this matter as soon as the draft is somewhat delayed. And the worst case, what if the draft starts outdoors – weather dramatically – but things change then? After all, it’s a three to four hour event we’re talking about.

Can we even see a delay in the middle of Round 1? Imagine for a moment that the weather hits smack dab in the middle of the first and the networks have to hit the pause button. Now you have several teams that suddenly have extra time to decide on their choices. You also have angry fans – and maybe fans of the Titans, who choose the 19th total – want to know what’s going on. The broadcasting partners, the NFL Network and ESPN, will be asked to push dancing and pull out things, probably all while watching the song.

Simply put, it can be a disaster.

That’s why the league’s activities are likely to get hours of updates all night and morning when the event is approaching, with an eye on exactly when and where potential changes to the plan may or may not happen.

We’ve had flash-delayed NFL games before and the fans will patiently wait in concourse while the stadium is ready and the weather passes. But we never had a weather delay during the draft. Could Thursday make history in that regard?

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