So why didn't they just have the NFL draft at the Wells Fargo Center? It's a question many have asked in the weeks leading up to Thursday's kickoff of the 2017 draft. Especially from local Philly residents who have been inconvenienced by all of the road closures in the area.
The answer is pretty simple: because that doesn't look as cool. And they needed room for the behemoth of the Draft Experience for fans, probably.
But really it's about optics.
The NFL wants things to look cool.
You know what looks cool on television from an aerial shot? The Ben Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Schykill River behind there somewhere with some pretty boat houses lit up at night reflecting off the river.
Except logistics sometimes get in the way, so if you can't actually see the Art Museum on TV with the gigantic stage that is still being installed in front of it, well... just build a fake one.
That's what the NFL is doing.
BillyPenn's Dan Levy was at the media walk through of the space on Tuesday and described the faux pillars in a very thorough post.
"Let's be clear, it looks awesome," Levy writes. "But it's fake. The columns are made of a dense foam, secured with metal rods running through. No, a brisk wind will not knock them down, nor will an exuberant draftee walking out from the players' green room, which is set up behind (and above) where the Commissioner will introduce them."
NFL Director of Event Operations Eric Finkelstein explained the thought behind the look yesterday.
"There's a little bit of an illustion there. You found us out," he said. "We wanted to highlight, not only the Rocky steps, but the Museum -- real staples of this city to show this event is Philadelphia and part of Philadelphia. So we have replicated the front of the museum as part of our stage."
Who's taking bets on whether they'll get Sly Stallone to show up or if they'll get that random dude who wears a grey sweatsuit around town with a black fedora to make an appearance?
Regardless of how the giant structure may look in person, we're willing to bet it's going to look dope on TV.
For all of your other draft in Philly related questions, the best place to start is to download the "NFL Draft" app from your cell phone's app store. It has maps, FAQs, schedules, etc. It also has a barcode you can use when at the draft to try and be a seat filler inside the "closer" portion of the draft theater on Thursday through Saturday. That's different from the Draft Experience area that is open to all fans without a ticket.