Indianapolis will continue to host the NFL Combine with plans to improve fan experience
The city of Indianapolis was awarded the NFL Combine for 2023 and 2024 and Indy is promising an even better experience for everyone.
The city of Indianapolis has hosted the annual NFL Scouting Combine since 1987. For 35 years, Indy was always the place the NFL world would flock to in order to evaluate prospects.
For a moment, it looked like that could change. The NFL put the Combine location up for a bid with different NFL cities submitting their cases.
However, on Tuesday, at the League Meeting in Atlanta, it was decided that the Combine would return to Indianapolis for 2023 and 2024. Reportedly, it didn’t even come to a vote.
Indy has done a tremendous job hosting the annual event for the last 35 years and everyone from scouts, teams, players, and media members, all speak highly of the city.
Indianapolis now will focus on improving the experience for fans and local Indiana residents.
Indianapolis focused on improving Combine experience
Even though Indy has done a great job hosting for decades, it also had to submit a bid to retain hosting privileges. Per the league’s announcement, the focus of Indy’s bid was the fan experience.
Two of the action items include an experience for fans outside of Lucas Oil Stadium and a “program focused on mental health, led by the Irsay Family and their “Kicking the Stigma” program, benefiting Indy residents.”
While the focus is usually on the players and NFL franchises, the city has historically benefited from being a host as well. The NFL also reported that “the 2022 NFL Combine generated an estimated $9.6 million in economic impact for the city and was attended by the most fans ever in the history of the event.”
Everyone involved is looking to take things to another level for the Indianapolis community. Indy has been a great host for 35 years and the NFL realized it’s no need to change things now.