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INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL has announced that after opening a bidding process for the NFL Scouting Combine, the event will remain in Indianapolis for 2023 and 2024.

The NFL said in a press release that Indianapolis “remains the best city to host the Combine.” The other finalists to host were Dallas and Los Angeles.

“We are very excited, very relieved that we can retain the NFL Scouting Combine for two more years,” said Visit Indy President Chris Gahl, who was a key organizer of the city’s bid to keep the Combine.

“It’s been a really competitive process of the last five to six months to get to this point and to beat out other cities with major franchises in the running,” he added.

The NFL Scouting Combine has been in Indianapolis since it first began back in 1987. The Combine held back in April this year before the NFL Draft was the first time fans would be allowed to watch the field drills live inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Gahl said Indianapolis was “on audition” to keep the Combine when the event returned this year.

In a measurement five years ago, Gahl said the Combine accounted for roughly $7 million in economic impact for the city and has grown since then.