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No More Indy? NFL Seeking Bids to Host Combine in 2023 and Beyond



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The NFL Combine has traditionally been held at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, but that could be changing soon.

According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the league sent a memo to clubs Wednesday seeking bids from other cities to host the event from 2023 to 2028.

“The League, in concert with the Combine Executive Committee, is considering ways to grow the Combine as a tentpole event, while at the same time enhancing the prospect experience and partnership,” the memo said.

While the NFL Draft had traditionally been held in New York City, the event has made its way to a number of cities and grown as a made-for-TV spectacle in recent years. Cleveland had its turn hosting this past April.

The league is now trying to do the same with the combine. Not only does it increase the entertainment value and allow the league to showcase more of its cities, but it also provides an additional revenue stream for the league with municipalities likely to engage in bidding wars to host the event.

The scouting combine has been held in Indianapolis since 1987. It had previously been called the National Invitational Camp and held in Tampa, Florida from 1982 to 1986.