The National Football League is moving its annual all-star game, the Pro Bowl, from Honolulu to Orlando this season, and the Walt Disney World Resort will host several events leading up to the game.
Unlike other sports leagues that play their all-star games in mid-season, the Pro Bowl plays at the end of the regular season. It used to happen the week after the Super Bowl championship, but in recent years, the league has been staging the Pro Bowl during the "off" week between the conference championships and the Super Bowl. The Pro Bowl for the upcoming season will be played at 8 pm (ET) on Sunday, January 29 in Orlando's Camping World Stadium (formerly known as the Citrus Bowl).
Disney-owned ESPN will broadcast the game, and Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will host team practices. This year, the league is returning to the traditional game format where the NFC all-stars play the AFC all-stars, instead of having two former players pick teams, sandlot style. The Pro Bowl participants are selected by a vote of league players, although selected players from teams participating in the next week's Super Bowl will not take part in the Pro Bowl. Alternates will replace them.
Fans wanting to get a look at the Pro Bowl players will be able to see them during a parade at the Magic Kingdom in the days leading up to the game, and Disney Springs will host a variety of "Pro Bowl-themed elements" during the week, according to the league. Tickets to the game will go on sale in November, with season ticket holders to local NFL clubs and Florida Citrus Sports getting first dibs.Tweet
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