Ben Franklin to watch over 'Selection Square' inside Franklin Institute

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Inside the NFL Draft's Selection Square. Walter Perez reports during Action News at 4 p.m. on April 26. (WPVI)

The NFL is going out of its way to convey the spirit of Philadelphia during the draft.

That's why "Selection Square" has been set up inside the Franklin Institute.

"What better space to be in for the actual selection process than this space and having Ben Franklin standing guard and looking out and officiating over everything we are doing in this room," NFL Events Vice President Eric Finkelstein said.

The best part is "Selection Square" will be open to the public. That means you can be in the room when your team (Go Eagles!) makes its selections.

"There are viewing areas throughout the space, it's free and open to the public. It's just another experience as part of what we're putting on here. This space will open to coincide with NFL Draft Experience down on the Parkway," Finkelstein said.

And the Ben Franklin Parkway is where you'll want to be if you want to see the first round draft picks take the stage when their names are announced right in front of the Art Museum.

NFL officials say this project was ambitious, but it was worth it.

"It's been a massive job in scope and dreaming it up has been a lot fun. For us, it's really exciting to be ready to go tomorrow," NFL Events Vice President Mary Pat Augenthaler said.

If you are attending the NFL Draft, it's a good idea to download the Fan Mobile Pass app.

And remember, everything is free except for what you buy in the NFL Shop and concessions.


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