Indy to 'Spread Its Wings' For NFL Combine

Posted: Updated:
The NFL Combine Fan Experience will run from March 1 - March 4. The NFL Combine Fan Experience will run from March 1 - March 4.
INDIANAPOLIS -

As an expanded version of the NFL Scouting Combine kicks off its second year in downtown Indianapolis, tourism officials expect the impact to continue to grow. The prospective player evaluation event has been held in the city for more than 30 years and Visit Indy Vice President Chris Gahl says it now delivers an economic impact of $10 million -- two times more than a decade ago. Previously, the Combine was open only to invited players, coaches and personnel. The 2017 event -- through the free NFL Combine Experience -- began incorporating more fan-friendly aspects at the Indiana Convention Center. It also offers limited fan access to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the tightly-controlled testing takes place.

Under contract in Indianapolis through 2020, Gahl says the Combine is becoming a draw outside of the professional coaching and playing circles. "It's turned into a more Super Bowl-esque -- kind of a Draft-esque party with the NFL elite and brass coming in and not only watching the field activity, but entertaining perspective clients and customers and sponsors in and around the city," he told Inside INdiana Business Multimedia Journalist Mary-Rachel Redman, "It's really a destination for the NFL now, rather than just really a Combine for the athletes and a handful of the owners and media, so -- in a good way -- the NFL has spread its wings in Indianapolis and as a city, that's beneficial. As a city, it helps showcase our capabilities."

Gahl says his organization and city leaders don't take the Combine for granted and they must continue to "re-imagine" how it's handled throughout its evolution. He adds other cities "are viciously competing" for rights to the event and he is confident Indy has what it takes to lock down the event for an even longer term.

Player evaluations will run through March 5th and include physical measurement, on-field activities and psychological testing. The NFL Combine Experience will run March 1 - March 4.

  • Perspectives

    • Ahh…Yes! Turning a Hot Mess into a Cool Breeze

      "Problems cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them," is attributed to Einstein over 75 years ago. This still holds true, particularly in challenging communications. Many people address conflict at the level it was created by rehashing and building more evidence for their ‘side’ of an argument. Repeating a position tends to intensify the separation of people.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • The IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering will now be named for Fred Luddy for his $60M gift. (photo courtesy James Brosher/IU)

      $60M Gift to IU, Second Largest in School History

      An Indiana University alumnus who founded the information technology firm, ServiceNow, has given his alma mater $60 million to establish an artificial intelligence center. The university says the gift from cloud-computing pioneer Fred Luddy is the second largest in the history of the IU.

    • POET ethanol co. announced in Aug 2019 it was closing the plant in Cloverdale. (photo courtesy: POET)

      Cloverdale Ethanol Plant Closes

      South Dakota-based POET LLC, the nation’s largest biofuels producer, is moving forward with a plan to shut down its biorefining plant in Cloverdale, leaving 50 Hoosiers without jobs effective Friday. The company tells Inside INdiana Business that it is not making any changes to the plans announced two months ago. 

    • The multi-year road project stretched from Bloomington to Indianapolis.

      I-69 Road Project Update

      The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled three public meetings for next week to update the community on the I-69 Section 6 road project.    Section 6 is an approximately $1.5 billion new interstate project stretching from Martinsville to I-465 in Indianapolis.

    • Chrissy Vasquez and Adam Ramsey

      Indy Reads Adds Staff

      Indy Reads Books has hired Chrissy Vasquez (pictured) as chief development officer to oversee marketing, development and the store. Also, Adam Ramsey (pictured) has been named manager of engagement, specializing in story telling through video and social media. Vasquez previously served as executive director and vice president of operations for Back on My Feet.  

    • Purdue Global Now Offers Analytics Degree

      The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in the field of data analysis are projected to grow 26 percent over the next ten years. Acting upon that data, Indianapolis-based Purdue University Global has launched a new Bachelor of Science degree program in analytics.