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NFL opens two days of Scouting Combine workouts to fans


For the first time last year, the NFL allowed fans to attend one day of the Scouting Combine. That worked out well enough that the league has decided to admit fans for two days of this year’s Combine.

The Combine is still primarily for the players, coaches, scouts and team officials who are there working, and so fan access is still limited to just 300 people in a small section of Lucas Oil Stadium.  And the fans will be far away from the action, with those coaches, scouts and team officials getting the better seat.

But for the 300 fans who get in, the deal is a good one: Tickets are free and are distributed to the fans who want them most, as judged by the applications they fill out at Fans are asked to provide interesting or unique information that they think demonstrates they’re real fans who deserve tickets to see the Combine in person.

To some, the fact that fans even want to go to the Combine sounds crazy. Just as it sounded crazy to many when NFL Network first announced plans to televise the Combine workouts. But NFL fans are passionate, and there will no doubt be thousands of them who apply for the right to watch future NFL players run 40-yard dashes in shorts and T-shirts.

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7 Responses to “NFL opens two days of Scouting Combine workouts to fans”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 14, 2013 5:54 PM

    Fans can become as knowledgable about the prospects as Mel Kiper, who was asked to analyze the top of the draft for and responded, “It’s anybody’s guess”. Though they won’t get paid for their wisdom.

  2. briang123 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:00 PM

    The day is coming they will sell 50,000 tickets for $100 a piece.

  3. packerman1968 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:18 PM

    I would pay to see this. I live in Indy.

    As long as the money went to charity.

  4. granadafan says: Feb 14, 2013 6:20 PM

    I watched the pro days at my university and it was pretty boring. You see them do running drills, throw a little bit, jump, etc. Not the most exciting thing, but you do get to put the faces to players that are normally covered by helmets. Of course, attending the actual combine might be more interesting as you get to see players from other schools and the chance to see a fattie flail.

  5. joshdh2687 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:47 PM

    I’d attend if I lived close and got the opportunity. Lots of fans try to play GM, coach, and scouts anyway by making their own mock drafts and deliberating with other fans on who their team should pick up.

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 14, 2013 8:09 PM

    im there next week, the Luc is a great stadium, named best stadium 2 years in a row

  7. ironman721 says: Feb 15, 2013 6:12 AM

    Next fans will have to compete in the combine events to get tickets.

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