I am sure you have started to notice, the NFL Draft is coming... The official festival is April 27-29, the bulk of which is open to the public on a come-and-go as you'd like experience along the Parkway (with estimates of crowds nearing 200,000). The city has released details for local businesses, including a help line and details around access to areas for customers, employees and deliveries. Below are key highlights, specifically for Art Museum Area businesses...
Promoting Small Businesses
We have worked with the Mayor's office and Commerce Department to make sure our online business directory of local businesses (www.artmuseumareaphl.com) is included on official press announcements. We will encourage visitors to get the "local" experience by dining / shopping in the Art Museum Area during their visit.
Get Social with #DraftDeals
The official social media hashtag for businesses wanting to share specials is #DraftDeals. In addition to promoting on your own channels, be sure to send any specials (drink specials, themed merchandise, menu items, events, etc.) to email@example.com and we will list all of our local #DraftDeals on www.artmuseumareaphl.com.
Fairmount Ave. Arts Crawl
The Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl has pre-emptively used our rain date of Sunday, April 30to avoid any potential complications with the NFL Draft. We have worked with the city to include information about Arts Crawl on the official NFL Draft press release.
Click here for an official list of rolling road closures. Note: customers, employees and deliveries will be able to access businesses and parking lots located in areas designated as "Local Access" at all times.
Logistics & Questions
If a business experiences issues or has questions during the NFL Draft impacting their operations, they are encouraged to call the Department of Commerce's Business Services Hotline at 215-683-2100 or contact the department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This line will be operational for extended hours during the Draft: Thursday 4/28 and Friday 4/29 9am-11pm and Saturday 4/30 10am-6pm.
Lastly, I know there are multiple perspectives on the impact of large-scale events along the parkway, particularly when a secure perimeter needs to be constructed. Following the NFL Draft, please expect to see a survey from Fairmount CDC to collect feedback from our business community on the overall impact of such events.
All the best,
Fairmount CDC / GAMBA