INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 23, 2016)- The NFL Combine begins Tuesday, February 23 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
It’s an event that brings thousands of people, and millions of dollars, to Indianapolis. Every inch of Lucas Oil Stadium will be used for various aspects of this year’s combine, and more than 300 athletes are expected to participate in the six-day event.
Indy started hosting the NFL Combine in 1987. Last year a contract was signed keeping the event in Indy through 2020. Visit Indy estimates the combine will bring $8 million and 5,000 visitors to the city this year.
NFL team owners, coaches, general managers, sports reporters, and fans flock to Indy for the event. When rumors surfaced about the NFL possibly taking its combine to the west coast, the city worked hard to make sure that didn’t happen.
“We were able to beat out other major cities, other major cities that we know are looking to host an event like this each and every year,” said Chris Gahl, vice president of Visit Indy.
The major media attention the combine gets puts Indianapolis in the national spotlight for several days. The only other NFL event that draws more sports reporters is the Super Bowl.
Click here for a complete schedule of events for the 2016 NFL Combine.