Registration for a chance to win two free tickets to the 2015 NFL draft in Chicago will begin Tuesday and continue through April 5, the league announced Monday.
A limited number of tickets are available for both the Auditorium Theatre and "Selection Square" draft events. The lottery is for 2,800 tickets inside the theater for Thursday's first round, another 2,800 for Friday's second and third rounds, and 1,000 tickets each for Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the square.
The three-day draft runs from April 30-May 2 at Roosevelt University, with activities also planned for Grant Park.
Fans can register at NFL.com/DraftTown beginning Tuesday at 11 a.m. CDT, and continuing until 10:59 p.m. CDT on April 5. Winners will be randomly selected, the league said.
The NFL is implementing the lottery system in Chicago because of the Auditorium Theatre's small capacity relative to its former home at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The Auditorium Theatre contains 3,901 seats, but capacity for the draft will be less because of the ESPN and NFL Network sets. By comparison, Radio City Music Hall has 6,015 seats.
Upon registering, entrants will receive a pass code via email. Winners will receive an email on or around April 6 with information on the date (one of the three days), venue (either Auditorium Theatre or Selection Square) and instructions for confirming attendance. E-mail notifications will be distributed to fans who did not win at a later date.
Winners will have until April 8 to confirm attendance. Upon submitting acceptance information, fans will receive a final confirmation e-mail that will include check-in details. Winners will need to present a government-issued photo ID and their pass code at Draft Town to check in and receive wristbands.
Wristbands are required to obtain tickets for entry into the draft. Fans will receive instructions about when and where to exchange wristbands for tickets and access to the venue.
Last week, the NFL made official more of its draft plans.
Round one festivities will commence at 5 p.m. on April 30 with potential draft picks walking a red carpet from Michigan Avenue to the Auditorium Theatre. The first round of the draft will begin at 7 p.m.
On May 1, 32 former NFL players will be on hand for rounds two and three to announce the selections, which will start at 6 p.m.
Rounds four through seven start at 11 a.m., May 2. This day's event will be at Selection Square on the east side of Michigan Avenue across from the Auditorium Theatre, and in locations across the country. Teams will announce their draft selections at their facilities and other locations in their cities.
In Chicago, fans can tour the Auditorium on May 2, while the draft is being held outdoors. No word on what adjustments will be made in case of bad weather.
Meanwhile, in Grant Park, the league will host a draft festival, with flag football competitions, player appearances, autograph signings and youth football clinics.
No tickets are required for the festival.
Buckingham Fountain also will be lit up in the colors of the team that is on the clock during the draft's first two nights.