Indy is going after NFL Draft as early as 2024

The city of Indianapolis and Indiana Sports Corp are planning to pitch their plan to host the NFL Draft as early as 2024.  The Indianapolis Business Journal says that Visit Indy held preliminary talks with the NFL about hosting the 3-day event through a 5-year window from 2024 through 2028.  Word is that this is the best opportunity for the city to host the showcase event.  City officials are planning to meet with the NFL this fall to further discussions.  Those talks have included ways to activate area attractions around the city including Georgia Street, Monument Circle, and the Indiana Convention Center.  This past April,  Nashville, Tennessee hosted the event and set a record attendance of 600,000 people.

The NFL this summer will launch a selection process that starts with asking the interested cities for information for 2022, 2024, 2025 and 2026 the IBJ says.  Indianapolis officials have stated that they will be among the cities to throw their hat into the selections.

The city of Indianapolis has hosted the NFL Combine for a long time and has even renewed the contract through 2021.  Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay supports the city going after the NFL Draft.

Indianapolis likely will not get it’s shot until 2024 with Las Vegas, Cleveland, Kansas City locked into hosting it in 2020,2021 and 2023.  The 2022 NFL Draft will be awarded next spring and likely Denver is the clear favorite.

The city of Indianapolis has major events coming to showcase the city including 2021 NBA All-Star Game, 2021 NCAA Men’s Final Four, 2022 College Football National Championship.

Hosting the NFL Draft will bring in amazing revenue to the city as Nashville had an economic impact exceeding $220 million dollars including $133 million in direct consumer spending.

The city of Indianapolis WILL have the NFL Draft at some point, it’s just a matter of when.

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