NFL Combine favorites favor staying in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS - It's the weekend hundreds of athletes hope to stand out in front of the NFL's top brass. It's also a moment for the City to show off what it has to offer.

Visit Indy expects about 5,000 visitors throughout the event; 900 of which are members of the media.

The NFL Scouting Combine is big business.

"It's a really great opportunity for Indianapolis to be on the minds of these sports media and get this national attention," said Lisa Wallace with Visit Indy.

While Indianapolis has hosted the Combine since 1987, the annual event could be taken away from Indianapolis and moved to a warmer location. The City only has a year-to-year contract.

So we asked the experts, why would you stay in the Circle City?

"I know it's sub zero temperatures outside... but you don't have to go outside," said Chris Mortensen with ESPN. "It's got great restaurants, great central location, hotels are close to each other so the access to players, access to teams and obviously a great facility like Lucas Oil Stadium.

John Clayton, also with ESPN, added saying even if the Combine moved somewhere warm, no one would be able to take advantage of the weather so it doesn't matter.

"Yeah I know it's cold, but also cold keeps the focus on what everybody wants to do which is basically try to get through the workouts, try to get through the physical stuff and then try to get through the interviews."

While Combine officials have not signed a new contract with Indianapolis yet, Visit Indy told Fox 59 it has already reserved those dates for the event next year.

"We really hope that they do (come back). It's a great event for our City. It's a great fit for our City," said Wallace.

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