NFL draft day tailgate event


APRIL 27 | 2–5:30 P.M.

Sponsored by Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, Muncie Visitors Bureau, and City of Muncie

The National Football League will be honoring the 13 communities that were home to the 14 teams of its inaugural season—including Muncie—as part of its “NFL100” centennial celebration.

Muncie is one of the eight “Original Towns” outside of the 32 current NFL markets that will announce a pick via live telecast. Muncie’s pick will be made during a Draft Day Tailgate event at Canan Commons on April 27. The event will culminate in the Colts’ 6th Round Pick, which will be made by Colts alumni player Bill Brooks, two Colts cheerleaders, and a Verizon customer (winner of a Draft Day Prize Package). Round 6 of the draft pick is expected to begin no earlier than 3:10 p.m. and end no later than 5:20 p.m.

Muncie’s Draft Day Tailgate event will run from 2–5:30 p.m. April 27 at Canan Commons and will feature a DJ, lawn games, football-themed inflatables, a meet-and-greet tent, food trucks and a photo booth. The Delaware County Historical Society will also provide an exhibit on the Muncie “Congerville” Flyers. Coaches, players and cheerleaders from Ball State, local high schools and John Frank Football League are expected to be in attendance.

The Muncie Flyers, known as the Congerville Flyers outside of their NFL involvement, were one of the founding teams of the American Professional Football Association, which later became the NFL. The Flyers played in the first two seasons of the league.

Bill Brooks and the cheerleaders will be available to sign autographs and take photos with fans.