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Thunder&Lightning 01-25-2012 02:31 PM

Draft Party Ideas
 
Whats up guys, im currently a full time events intern for an NFL team. One of my projects is to organize a draft day party for the team..

I figured this would be a good group of people to get an opinion from, so I was wondering if you were attending a draft day party for your team what would you want to be there?

Thanks (+rep for an idea)

Brothgar 01-25-2012 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Thunder&Lightning (Post 2840433)
Whats up guys, im currently a full time events intern for an NFL team. One of my projects is to organize a draft day party for the team..

I figured this would be a good group of people to get an opinion from, so I was wondering if you were attending a draft day party for your team what would you want to be there?

Thanks

Food, beer, giant TV, some of the players for autographs, football related games throw the ball through the hole dunk tank. That is what I can come up with off the top of my head.

OSUGiants17 01-25-2012 02:53 PM

What team you working for?

CashmoneyDrew 01-25-2012 02:58 PM

Cake. Specifically birthday cake because that is the best kind.

Thunder&Lightning 01-25-2012 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by OSUGiants17 (Post 2840465)
What team you working for?

not the giants.

Jughead10 01-25-2012 03:03 PM

Go to foodnetwork.com and search NFL potato skins.

They have recipes for 32 different potato skins, 1 for every team in the NFL obviously. Each topping (or at least most) have some sort of tie to the city the team plays in. We always make them for the 2 teams playing in the Super Bowl. So you could go make them for your team for draft day.

And now that I read further and saw that you're and actual employee of a team, I dunno if you should be ripping off the recipes.

jrdrylie 01-25-2012 03:14 PM

The cheerleaders should definitely be there. Unless of course the team doesn't have cheerleaders. But based on your location of Massachusetts, it would appear you might work for the Patriots, who do have cheerleaders. The mascot should also be there as well as some recent draft picks.

Food and beer are always good. Wings, pizza, and maybe some local cuisine. Big screen TVs for the adults and maybe some football games for the younger kids. Lastly, you could have some local sports radio personalities (if there are any good ones) who can come in a talk about the draft, the prospects, and take questions from the crowd.

bantx 01-25-2012 03:33 PM

have a photobooth those are always fun

tjsunstein 01-25-2012 03:49 PM

Food is essential especially an event this large. Get some local catering as per the usual, and pull out all of the stops. Have something there that is original and everyone will buzz about, potato skins relative to the team you're working for seems good.

Entertainment. Games, and maybe a live band? Like I said, it's a long event and background noise is always key to keeping the atmosphere. A lot of TVs are obviously key. You might have one 'main' tv, obviously showcasing but people who are there that are actually interested should be able to socialize and keep up with what's happening. How many trades happen during the draft? TVs everywhere.

Beverage. Open bar? It's a party and if you're working with an NFL team then you're working with sponsors.

Utilize your sponsors, I'm sure upper management would be impressed with your forward thinking and how you're able to use your resources.

Have a schedule obviously. Flashy props, and a giveaway maybe? If your team is involved with any charities, a raffle for memorabilia towards a charity is a great PR move. Make that prior to the first pick so you encourage a good turnout when the commissioner comes to the podium to announce the first pick.

That's all I have without knowing your sponsors, team affiliation, and venue. Good luck.

bantx 01-25-2012 03:51 PM

have me being the event photographer by flying me out :D

jrdrylie 01-25-2012 03:56 PM

Another cool thing would be a door prize. Each person guess who they think the team will select with their first round pick. If they chose right, they win that player's jersey. You could also do a raffle. You can pay $2-5 and at the end of the party, pull a name out of a hat and that person wins a pair of season tickets.

Complex 01-25-2012 04:06 PM

Win a date with this guy contest


niel89 01-25-2012 04:59 PM

How big is the estimated size of this draft party? Any other key details like is it for fans or only employees? Are there going to be families?

Great food is a must. Mostly finger foods I would maybe recommend. Get it catered by someone who knows what they're doing.

See if any of the players/former players want to come bye to hang out.

Find out if there are going to be kids in attendance because you should have some activities for them play with.

Have a little draft contest kind of like how Shane does with the Super Bowl. Stuff like over/under how many QB's go in the first round, RB's in the first, # of trades, how many guys cry when selected, largest family on stage. Random stuff that make it fun to pay attention for some people. Nothing too player specific because not everyone knows all the prospects and that could alienate people. Maybe have some memorabilia/prizes for the winners.

A Perfect Score 01-25-2012 05:07 PM

Invite me. That is all.

Thunder&Lightning 01-25-2012 05:19 PM

Thanks alot guys give you the +rep you deserve tomorrow when I'm not maxed out

the_legend_killer 01-25-2012 05:24 PM

Interactive Cheerleader Booth.

CJSchneider 01-25-2012 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by A Perfect Score (Post 2840641)
Invite me. That is all.

Make that a double, bartender.

Vikes99ej 01-25-2012 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Thunder&Lightning (Post 2840472)
not the giants.

The Patriots?

Brent 01-25-2012 08:34 PM

lots of four loko

Thunder&Lightning 01-26-2012 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Vikes99ej (Post 2840789)
The Patriots?

Nope. Bucs

fischbowl 01-26-2012 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Thunder&Lightning (Post 2841248)
Nope. Bucs

And a Raheem Morris firing squad didn't come to mind!?

oh and Cheez Doodles...puffy ones

the_legend_killer 01-26-2012 12:14 PM

Greg Schiano wood chopping booth.

Mr. Goosemahn 01-26-2012 01:39 PM

Have a raffle/contest, where people can submit a mock draft (1st round only) and whoever gets the most right wins some cool prize.


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