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NFL Playground Attracts Kids And Their Parents


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One of the stations at the NFL playground allows visitors to try to kick field goals like their professional football heroes.

If you have ever yelled at a kicker for missing an extra point kick, you can try to kick one yourself starting Friday at the NFL experience. Kicking a point-after or a field goal is one of several skill tests you can take at the NFL’s interactive playground, which takes up 850,000 square feet of the Indiana Convention Center. So can your kids, with interactive games downsized just for little ones.

Christine Mills, the NFL’s director of special events, says a half-sized football field is also featured, where you can run on real field turf, or where kids can participate in a ‘play 60‘ football clinic, ‘play 60‘ being the NFL’s campaign to get kids to play outside more.

“You can bring your kids in here,” she says. “They can thrown a football. They can kick a football. They can put a jersey on and run around, put a helmet on. They can feel what it‘s like to get inside the game.”

Players will also sign autographs, as will broadcasters from the NFL network, which has a studio inside.

For those who wish to be Peyton Manning circa 1998 or, perhaps, Andrew Luck circa three months from now, there is a mock NFL draft set. Historic jerseys and other items are part of the NFL experience‘s hall of fame display. Crews worked quickly to finish building the NFL experience before it opens.

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