NFL To Move Pro Bowl To Orlando
Orlando may not have an NFL team….yet but per Bloomberg.com it looks as if the NFL will be moving the Pro Bowl to the city beautiful. The Pro Bowl has traditionally been played in Hawaii. However, in recent years, Miami and Houston have hosted the game. The game will be played in the $200 Million revamped Citrus Bowl which has recently been renamed the Camping World Stadium.
With speculation that the cities next big move will be to bring a Football Team into the mix of local sports teams, this could be a huge opportunity for the City of Orlando. The Pro Bowl drew a 5.0 overnight rating on ESPN this year, down from 5.6 the previous year. While ratings have slipped, the Pro Bowl is consistently the highest-rated all-star game among the four major U.S. pro sports leagues.
The Mayors office was unable to confirm or deny if the National Football League will be moving the Pro Bowl to Orlando. The NFL’s Pro Bowl contract with Hawaii’s tourism authority expires on May 31, and the league can opt out of the agreement which could bode well for Orlando. The last time the Pro Bowl was hosted in the state of Florida was in 2010 in Miami.