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2019 NFL draft in Nashville - who's going?

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On 3/29/2019 at 9:45 AM, NOTW said:

They have tried for baseball.  NBA has the team in Memphis so TN isn't really a state for 2 teams in the same sport.  They're working on getting a soccer team now too.  They want to host more events, and the draft is a precursor to showing they could support the tourism of the Super Bowl.

They certainly have the arena (Bridgestone) that would be NBA-ready if they did expand there.  I suspect if they did a Memphis-Nashville rivalry would be a big regional rivalry there.

Baseball I get the issues with.

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2 hours ago, Wallyhorse said:

They certainly have the arena (Bridgestone) that would be NBA-ready if they did expand there.  I suspect if they did a Memphis-Nashville rivalry would be a big regional rivalry there.

Baseball I get the issues with.

It's Music City though, and Bridgestone has lots of concerts to compete with the Predators.  There's no justification for 2 NBA teams in the state of TN, other states can support that.  Nashville is growing fast and the city infrastructure can't keep up the way it is.  There's a new convention center built a few years ago and new development happening everywhere.  There are plans for a new mall and movie theater right downtown as well.  They want it to be a destination city for events.  They host the CMA awards every year, they've had the NHL All-Star Game, the NRA had their annual convention here, now the draft and they want to host the Super Bowl.  

With all the colleges which are just as popular or more popular than pro sports, the Titans and Predators I think that's enough.  They are trying to get MLS.  There's a AA team here the Nashville Sounds and there's a local race track for auto racing.  So I don't really see another major sport coming anytime soon.  

The city is also trying to get a casino boat on the river that would have a sports book and be a place for events on NFL Sundays.  So lots going on here I don't think they are ready for another pro sport.  But as it grows maybe.

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The draft weekend is going to be nuts. The city in its infinite wisdom has also scheduled the Nashville Marathon that weekend, and Saturday night which is the last night of the draft there is a Jimmy Buffet concert at Bridgestone Arena.  Downtown will be flooded with NFL fans and Jimmy Buffet pirate heads getting drunk after both events.

 

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On 4/10/2019 at 9:18 AM, NOTW said:

The draft weekend is going to be nuts. The city in its infinite wisdom has also scheduled the Nashville Marathon that weekend, and Saturday night which is the last night of the draft there is a Jimmy Buffet concert at Bridgestone Arena.  Downtown will be flooded with NFL fans and Jimmy Buffet pirate heads getting drunk after both events.

And a ton of soon-to-be-brides were PO'ed at the draft being there and not realizing it had been scheduled: https://twitter.com/Kathleenjjacob/status/1121546998342193153

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1 hour ago, Wallyhorse said:

And a ton of soon-to-be-brides were PO'ed at the draft being there and not realizing it had been scheduled: https://twitter.com/Kathleenjjacob/status/1121546998342193153

I saw that :lol:

That's a big thing now, there are so many bachelorette and bridal shower parties here, they come from all over the southeast and midwest.  There's a company that markets at all the bridal shows and stuff.  They go around on the pedal taverns or tractors pulling a mobile bar blaring music and getting drunk.  It's hilarious.  Or annoying when it happens past my work building and holds up traffic.

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My initial thoughts about Nashville were wrong. They did a tremendous job hosting the draft.

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On 4/26/2019 at 2:39 PM, Wallyhorse said:

And another video on how idiotic some of these brides-to-be are for not looking at the calendar and seeing this weekend was the NFL Draft: https://twitter.com/KySportsRadio/status/1121759402044817409

I have to defend the brides-to-be here.  When you don't pay attention to a sport or other cultural, business, or social activity, and that entity/organization (for lack of a better description) holds a large-scale event, especially a large-scale event that isn't a recurring event or an event that has an irregular schedule, it is VERY easy to not be aware of the event until it is too late.  There are many examples I can use here; a couple of them include the following:

*I work literally within walking distance of a MLB stadium.  Whenever there are weekday afternoon games at that facility, it creates driving, parking, and transit impacts for everyone who works at my facility (which in total includes at least a couple thousand people).  Many of those workers do not pay attention to baseball, and aren't going to be thinking about when a MLB team has home games...until those weekday afternoon games end at the same time as they are going home, or when meetings with external stakeholders are held on the same day as one of those weekday afternoon games.  With that being the case, for the last number of years shortly before the season begins I have sent out e-mails to various people in my agency and some people in other agencies in the same complex telling them when those weekday afternoon games are occurring and the likely impacts on driving, parking, and transit use the events will have.  I've told many people I send those e-mails more for the benefit of people who DON'T pay attention to baseball than those who do (who may pay attention to the schedule and know when games are happening in advance).

*If you are a truck driver/carrier, or someone who needs to make through trips through various cities, you'll want to know when games attracting thousands of people are taking place.  Just looking at I-95 in the Northeast Megalopolis, which is located very close to some major sports venues, you'll want to know when games, concerts, and other large attendance events are taking place at the south Philadelphia sports complex, or at MetLife Stadium in north Jersey, or at M&T Bank Stadium or OPACY in Baltimore, or FedEx Field in suburban DC, or to a lesser degree Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.  If you aren't aware when those events are taking place, you could find yourself stuck in event-related traffic, and if your own trip is time-sensitive (as is the case for many truck drivers), it could mess up your entire schedule for the day and actually negatively impact your livelihood.  Many sports venues are built in locations near limited-access roadways to facilitate access to the venue, and those roads are often heavily used by other people for purposes unrelated to the events at those venues.

Regarding the issues that arose this past weekend, I actually blame the city of Nashville and the tourism agencies in the Nashville area for not doing a better job emphasizing the NFL Draft was occurring on their events calendar.  They needed to work with people who organize other events in the city to let them know the draft was going to attract tens or hundreds of thousands of people to the city, based on draft events held in other cities in recent years.  (I'm sure they did that to some degree, but probably not to the degree necessary.)  The city could have done a better job coordinating with the bridal planners (and also the marathon organizers) to let them know a large-scale event was planned in Nashville and it might be good to adjust their calendars and/or reschedule their events to minimize the impact that large-scale event would have on their events.

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2 minutes ago, CHIP72 said:

I have to defend the brides-to-be here.  When you don't pay attention to a sport or other cultural, business, or social activity, and that entity/organization (for lack of a better description) holds a large-scale event, especially a large-scale event that isn't a recurring event or an event that has an irregular schedule, it is VERY easy to not be aware of the event until it is too late.  There are many examples I can use here; a couple of them include the following:

*I work literally within walking distance of a MLB stadium.  Whenever there are weekday afternoon games at that facility, it creates driving, parking, and transit impacts for everyone who works at my facility (which in total includes at least a couple thousand people).  Many of those workers do not pay attention to baseball, and aren't going to be thinking about when a MLB team has home games...until those weekday afternoon games end at the same time as they are going home, or when meetings with external stakeholders are held on the same day as one of those weekday afternoon games.  With that being the case, for the last number of years shortly before the season begins I have sent out e-mails to various people in my agency and some people in other agencies in the same complex telling them when those weekday afternoon games are occurring and the likely impacts on driving, parking, and transit use the events will have.  I've told many people I send those e-mails more for the benefit of people who DON'T pay attention to baseball than those who do (who may pay attention to the schedule and know when games are happening in advance).

*If you are a truck driver/carrier, or someone who needs to make through trips through various cities, you'll want to know when games attracting thousands of people are taking place.  Just looking at I-95 in the Northeast Megalopolis, which is located very close to some major sports venues, you'll want to know when games, concerts, and other large attendance events are taking place at the south Philadelphia sports complex, or at MetLife Stadium in north Jersey, or at M&T Bank Stadium or OPACY in Baltimore, or FedEx Field in suburban DC, or to a lesser degree Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.  If you aren't aware when those events are taking place, you could find yourself stuck in event-related traffic, and if your own trip is time-sensitive (as is the case for many truck drivers), it could mess up your entire schedule for the day and actually negatively impact your livelihood.  Many sports venues are built in locations near limited-access roadways to facilitate access to the venue, and those roads are often heavily used by other people for purposes unrelated to the events at those venues.

Regarding the issues that arose this past weekend, I actually blame the city of Nashville and the tourism agencies in the Nashville area for not doing a better job emphasizing the NFL Draft was occurring on their events calendar.  They needed to work with people who organize other events in the city to let them know the draft was going to attract tens or hundreds of thousands of people to the city, based on draft events held in other cities in recent years.  (I'm sure they did that to some degree, but probably not to the degree necessary.)  The city could have done a better job coordinating with the bridal planners (and also the marathon organizers) to let them know a large-scale event was planned in Nashville and it might be good to adjust their calendars and/or reschedule their events to minimize the impact that large-scale event would have on their events.

I get that, particularly with the bridal planners.  The marathon is harder to reschedule because of the elite runners who are planning to run in that event, which is often part of a long-planned schedule for them that has them targeting specific events over the course of a year.  That's one reason for instance when Sandy hit NYC the weekend the NYC marathon was to take place in 2012, it could not be rescheduled for a later date because of not only hotel reservations and so forth, for elite runners it could have had a ripple effect where some might have had to miss Boston the following April due to needing to have up to five months between marathons to be at optimal performance, leading to Boston Marathon officials suing New York marathon officials for running their race in say early December to make up for not running it when scheduled due to Sandy (and if you remember in that case, the Philly Marathon had to expand its field by 3,000 in 2012 to accommodate runners going in that event after the NYC event had to be scrapped).  

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On 4/29/2019 at 10:48 AM, CHIP72 said:

I have to defend the brides-to-be here.  When you don't pay attention to a sport or other cultural, business, or social activity, and that entity/organization (for lack of a better description) holds a large-scale event, especially a large-scale event that isn't a recurring event or an event that has an irregular schedule, it is VERY easy to not be aware of the event until it is too late...

Regarding the issues that arose this past weekend, I actually blame the city of Nashville and the tourism agencies in the Nashville area for not doing a better job emphasizing the NFL Draft was occurring on their events calendar.  They needed to work with people who organize other events in the city to let them know the draft was going to attract tens or hundreds of thousands of people to the city, based on draft events held in other cities in recent years.  (I'm sure they did that to some degree, but probably not to the degree necessary.)  The city could have done a better job coordinating with the bridal planners (and also the marathon organizers) to let them know a large-scale event was planned in Nashville and it might be good to adjust their calendars and/or reschedule their events to minimize the impact that large-scale event would have on their events.

Don't blame the city, it was VERY well known for a year.  It was all over the news.  The whole city has been either excited about it, or bracing for it.  Everyone knew.  The vendor the bride used to plan her party should have known and advised the bride.

And the city of Nashville isn't thinking about some small bridal planner, what do you expect them to contact every business in the city?  Everyone knew, it was all over the news.  The marathon didn't touch downtown.  I drove up on Saturday and parked at my work which is 8 blocks from the draft stage and there was zero traffic.  The area you saw on TV was blocked off but other areas not affected.  They also had a Jimmy Buffet concert, the performing arts center had an event, there were some outdoor festivals in the area but they weren't downtown.  

 

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A bunch of bridezillas if you ask me... They don't own the city. So what a bunch of football bros decided to descend on the city the same time you planned your weekend out? Either make the best of it, work around it, or re-plan your event. The brides should be angry at their party planners for not making it more known. The NFL draft was a great event for the city of Nashville; they shouldn't be upset about some angry brides.

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1 hour ago, toolg said:

A bunch of bridezillas if you ask me... They don't own the city. So what a bunch of football bros decided to descend on the city the same time you planned your weekend out? Either make the best of it, work around it, or re-plan your event. The brides should be angry at their party planners for not making it more known. The NFL draft was a great event for the city of Nashville; they shouldn't be upset about some angry brides.

They went viral as a joke to laugh at them.  No one is angry at the city except for some reason Chip72 of the Eagles message board.  :lol:

The bridezilla will be fine, she's got offers to go on talk shows, offers from vendors offering her free events, meals and drinks to give her an experience.  They are taking advantage of her going viral to advertise their businesses.  Everyone will be just fine.

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3 hours ago, VaBeach_Eagle said:

Have they announced where 2020 will be?

I believe that will be in Las Vegas.  

I think doing it in the infield at Churchill Downs in Louisville would be great as while Louisville is not an NFL city, it is within reasonable driving distance of a number of NFL cities and between the infield and the stands at CD you'd be able to easily hold 200,000 for each day of the draft. 

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