Indianapolis has been the host city of the NFL Scouting Combine for the past 34 years. But, according to recent reports, the event could be on the move after next season.
In a message sent to each of the league’s 32 teams on Wednesday, the NFL said it would start accepting bids from teams who would like the combine take place in their city. The winning bid would win the right to host the five-day event starting in 2023 and through 2028, per the Indianapolis Business Journal.
Some fans are excited about the potential move, while others lament the fact that the combine could be leaving its historic home in Lucas Oil Stadium.
The NFL world took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to react to these reports.
— Heather Lloyd (@ByHeatherLloyd) June 23, 2021
BOOOOOOOOOOOO. NFL combine belongs in Indy https://t.co/I5HlBzQ5B4
— Zach Shartiag (@shartiag) June 23, 2021
Buffalo has hosted the NHL Combine.
— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) June 23, 2021
NFL Combine in Vegas? I vote yes! https://t.co/Rsvvy1b9SC
— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) June 23, 2021
Cmon jersey or Texas, win the NFL Combine bid pic.twitter.com/DfegtErMaj
— Spoonie Minute 💪🏾✭ (@Spoonie881) June 23, 2021
Get ready for the NFL Combine to be held in Las Vegas and Los Angeles after 2022. https://t.co/olM3WvVRkk
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 23, 2021
With news coming out that the NFL Combine could be on the move I for one think we should at least consider NFL Combine: Bora Bora… WHO’S WITH ME?!??!
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) June 23, 2021
Unpopular opinion: moving the #NFLCombine is dumb. The “sameness” of the process is what teams like about it. The testing, medical, etc is the same every year. It’s easily repeatable & verifiable. Moving the draft is fine: teams don’t attend anyway
— Jim (@jpq1999) June 23, 2021
Indianapolis is an incredible host city for the NFL Combine. It’s one of the best trips of the year, and the city masters it.
To take a highly logistic event like this and move it around the country every year is not ideal.
— Brett Yarris (@BrettYarrisPFN) June 23, 2021
Even the possibility of the NFL Combine’s departure from Indianapolis is a blow to the city. The event brings massive exposure to the city, along with hundreds of sports execs and millions of dollars to local businesses. https://t.co/iEuCNv9P4I
— Mickey Shuey (@MickeyShuey) June 23, 2021
While the combine could be on the move, the city of Indianapolis has already expressed its desire to keep the event in town.
“As the event has grown, so has the city physically,” vice president of Visit Indy Chris Gahl said. “This is an event that we have proudly hosted and helped grow along the way, and one we want to viciously protect keeping in Indy beyond 2022. In working with the Colts and local Combine team, Indy will put in another competitive bid to keep this annual event safe and sound in our city.”
This year’s Scouting Combine was limited to just the medical evaluation portion due to league-imposed COVID-19 restrictions.
Next year’s event (maybe the final in Indianapolis) is set to return under normal operating procedures.