The NFL Combine will remain in Indianapolis, at least for now. According to reports on Tuesday, May 24, the official testing and measurement event of the NFL draft will remain in its current location of Indianapolis for the 2023 and 2024 events. The future location beyond those two dates remains uncertain.
Indianapolis to remain the host location of the NFL Combine
The announcement that the NFL Combine will remain in its current location of Indianapolis for the 2023 and 2024 NFL Draft cycle comes following reports of a potential change after the 2022 NFL Draft. Pro Football Network’s Chief NFL Draft Analyst Tony Pauline reported on March 7, 2022, that the NFL was investigating Frisco or Los Angeles as potential locations for the 2023 NFL Combine.
The NFL Combine has been held in Indianapolis since 1987. Originally held in the RCA Carrier Dome, the event has been held at Lucas Oil Stadium ever since it became the home of the Indianapolis Colts. Previously, Tampa, New Orleans, and Arizona had been host locations for the NFL Combine following its inception in 1982.
Indianapolis was originally chosen as the location of the NFL Combine due to its centrality. A move to Los Angeles or California would have meant significant upheaval for east coast teams. Keeping the event in its current location is the perfect compromise for teams from both coasts.
Over the years, the ease of access afforded by Lucas Oil Stadium has made Indianapolis the perfect location for the event. As reported by Pauline on March 7:
“Indianapolis’ many condensed walkways and streets make it easy to get from the hotel to the stadium and press center. No one, including teams, scouts, or media, has to drive to a press conference or a workout. Oftentimes, people don’t even have to go outside — that’s why everyone who attends the Combine desires for it to remain in Indianapolis.”
For now, it appears that everyone has got their desire. The NFL Combine will remain in its Indianapolis location for at least the next two years.