The NFL Combine will return to Indianapolis for the 2023 and 2024, the league announced on Tuesday.
Indianapolis has held the event every year since 1987, but it was put out for bids by other cities for the first time by the NFL for the next two seasons. After considering other candidate cities, the league decided that Indianapolis is the best place for the combine, after all.
“After close review by our internal team, the Fan Engagement & Major Events Advisory Committee, and the National Invitational Camp staff, Indianapolis remains the best city to host and grow the NFL Combine in 2023 and 2024,” NFL vice president Peter O’Reilly said. “Indy’s vision brings together its long legacy of successfully hosting the Combine and executing the evaluation process, with an exciting focus on innovating and further growing the event from a fan and media perspective.”
The combine will continue to utilize the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, which are attached to one another in the heart of Indianapolis’ downtown. The 2022 event, which included full fan and media participation for the first time since 2020, generated an estimated $9.6 million in economic impact for the city.
“We know many cities want to host the NFL Combine, and we’re incredibly appreciative the NFL continues to put its faith in Indy,” president & CEO of Visit Indy Leonard Hoops said.. “We are proud so many media, agents, scouts, coaches, and athletes organically called to keep the event here. And after more than three decades of hosting the Combine, our excitement has only grown when it comes to continuing our work with the NFL and the National Invitational Camp to make the event better every year for all those stakeholders as well as the growing number of fans who want to experience it in person.”
The 2023 NFL Combine will be held Feb. 28-March 6, while the 2024 combine will take place from Feb. 27-March 4.