NFL Draft knocks out Rocky Steps for a month

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – One of Philadelphia’s most popular tourist attractions is down for the count.

The NFL Draft will be held April 27-29 in a temporary theater being built in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. So there will be no running of its iconic steps, best known as the “Rocky Steps,” until after the giant stage now going up is taken down.

“Rocky” fans from around the world come to Philadelphia to recreate fictional fighter Rocky Balboa’s run up the 72 steps.

Shaun Kelliher of Writtle, England, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer he and his family stopped in the city Wednesday specifically to visit key locations in the film, including the steps.

Tourists can still go to the top landing where there are imprints of Rocky’s sneakers. They can also visit the Rocky statue at the bottom of the steps.

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