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Weekend Plans With Lucas Oil Stadium Event Manager Jason Tutt

By Paul Sanford
Tutt's team is in charge of setting the field, including assembling the skill stations like the 40-yard dashJASON TUTT

As the elite NFL prospects gather in Indianapolis to showcase their wares at Lucas Oil Stadium for the NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium Event Manager JASON TUTT can be found managing the constant flow of players, scouts, execs and media coming and going from the venue. Tutt: “It got cranked up for us on Sunday and it will end on Monday. Then, of course, we’ll get started for another event. It’s never-ending.” Living a bachelor’s life in downtown Indianapolis keeps him busy, but he took some time to chat with THE DAILY about what’s on tap this weekend.

JOB DUTIES: I am the liaison between the league office as well as with the organization which runs the Scouting Combine and we put everything in place for them. We work with IU Health to get everything they need set up for the medical evaluations of the players. On the field, we’re in charge of setting the field, and that includes all the paint you’ll see on the field, the major logos, and then all the skill stations, like the 40-yard dash. At the Combine, we don’t have much interaction with the players. Our contacts are the Scouting Combine office in Indianapolis and the NFL league office. Each day when we get started, we’ll open up for access around 6:00am. That’s the time when coaches and scouts can come in and start getting set up for the activities for that day. At 7:00am they’ll really start their player workouts and those include their medical evaluations, then they’ll be on the field at their timing stations and their skill drills. We are being the facilitators for the groups, making sure everything is set and ready for the Combine. It’s such a special event, there are so many moving pieces.

ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON: If the Combine wasn’t happening this weekend, we’re usually getting ready for some event. Last week we had a trade show, next week we have the state robotics championship. It just depends what event we have that week. The Big Ten Championship is a fun one and then of course, our major tenant is the Indianapolis Colts so it’s always doing a Colts game. This year was extremely fun because they had a really impressive win streak.

FREE WEEKEND TIME: If the Combine wasn’t happening and I was free and the Pacers were in town or another sporting event was in town, I would try to go catch a game. I’m always trying to find the newest restaurant or if I can shoot down to Cincinnati or Chicago. It’s a short two, three-hour drive to either city. I also like to binge watch shows. “Homeland” is one of my favorite shows of all time. I try to go to the gym every day at 6:00am. I am one of the worst cooks in the world. I will try to pick one meal a weekend just to have no cares at all in the world about what I eat. My favorite go-to restaurant in Indianapolis is Harry & Izzy’s. When I’m home, I will watch whatever sport is on. I’ll watch tennis, baseball, basketball, I can watch any sport. On the weekends, I try to do some form of relaxation, whether it’s going to a sporting event, catching a movie or hanging out with friends. One thing I do on Sundays to start the week and despite being a bachelor I will meal prep. I don’t have time to go out during the day to go grab lunch. Finally, I’ll just go through my notes to see what’s going to be required for the week.

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