Orlando will present its 4th NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 26th. The Pro Bowl is NFL‘s all-star game for the season… AFC vs. NFC. In 2017, Orlando was chosen as the new home to the annual NFL Pro Bowl held each January. Bidding together with Honolulu, Houston and Sydney, Australia, the city of Orlando won the opportunity to be the official site. The newly revamped Camping World Stadium, formerly the Citrus Bowl, became the venue for this key sporting event.

A new tradition began for the National Football League‘s annual exhibition of all-stars. Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium had held the honor of Pro Bowl‘s host all years since 1979, with the exception of once in Miami and once in Arizona. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer shared this… “Orlando has become the leading destination for major sports events in the United States… and now, Orlando is home to the NFL Pro Bowl. With Orlando’s hospitality, NFL fans and players are sure to have an unforgettable experience.”

How are players voted into the Pro Bowl? The coaches, the players themselves, and the fans all vote… with each group’s ballots counting for one third of the votes. Players advancing to the Super Bowl opt out of playing in the Pro Bowl. This year’s coaches will be Pete Carroll (NFC) of the Seattle Seahawks and John Harbaugh (AFC) of the Baltimore Ravens.

The Pro Bowl, traditionally held the weekend before the Super Bowl, had been experiencing declining interest in recent years. The main focus for the teams seemed to be avoiding injuries to key players. The AP pointed out that the players were “hitting each other as though they were having a pillow fight”. Yet this new venue choice in Orlando has helped turn that trend around.

The NFL Commissioner shared this… “We are excited to reimagine the Pro Bowl experience for both fans and players and to celebrate the game of football at all levels. Collaborating with Disney and ESPN brings us closer to the best in youth and family focused entertainment. We look forward to working with the city of Orlando… to create a week long celebration for football and our fans.” Watch for this year’s NFL Pro Bowl… televised nationally on ESPN… and held right here in Orlando.