The traditional location for the NFL Pro Bowl has been Honolulu, Hawaii since 1980, but that appears to be coming to an end for the immediate future. There have only been 2 Pro Bowls played elsewhere since that 1980 decision to say Aloha to the Hawaiian Islands.
However, now it is Orlando, Florida's turn apparently. They are stepping in as the replacement location for a multi-year deal with the NFL, according to an AP report. The NFL has scheduled a press conference tomorrow to announce the change, they had until today to inform Hawaii that they would not extend their contract with them.
Orlando is obviously excited considering the amount of money they can make on the deal. Last year it was estimated that Hawaii made over $25M from tourism associated to the game itself and an estimated $271M in publicity value. Orlando had already announced they were bidding on hosting the game at the Camping World Stadium for a minimum of 3 years which is why the announcement is believed to be for multiple years.
As a fan, it doesn't really matter to me where the game will be played. One positive for fans interested in attending the game is that I imagine the trip to Orlando would be quite a bit cheaper than the plane ride to Hawaii. Where I do think this move is a little sad is from the player's perspective, because Hawaii surely was a more desirable location for their reward trip for a great season.
AP Sources: NFL Moving Pro Bowl to Orlando in 2017 - ABC News
AP Sources: NFL Moving Pro Bowl to Orlando in 2017
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