The NFL American football league has announced that its 2015 Pro Bowl will move away from its traditional home in Hawaii to be staged at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the site of the 2015 Super Bowl.
Honolulu has staged the Pro Bowl every year since 1980, with the exception of 2010, but the NFL’s all-star game has faced an uncertain future in recent years. The Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played in Glendale on January 25, 2015 before Super Bowl XLIX takes place a week later on February 1.
The Pro Bowl following the 2015 season will return to Hawaii on January 31, 2016. The NFL has an agreement with the State of Hawaii to play the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium following the 2016 season but added “final confirmation” of the game will be made at a later date.
The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the third one played in the same city as the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Coliseum hosted the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967 and the Pro Bowl the following week. South Florida hosted the Pro Bowl in 2010 a week before Super Bowl XLIV.
The 2014 Pro Bowl featured a significantly revised format that the NFL said will continue. For the first time, the Pro Bowl was “unconferenced,” and several key playing rules were changed. Rather than the familiar National Football Conference (NFC) versus American Football Conference (AFC) match-up that had existed since 1971, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.