The NFL is not finished re-tooling the Pro Bowl just yet.
The league has announced on Wednesday the planned locations for the 2015 & 2016 Pro Bowl, with Arizona hosting the annual fan voted all-star matchup in 2015 then returning to Hawaii in 2016.
The 2015 Pro Bowl will be hosted by Glendale University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, January 25, 2015. One week later Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium will also be the host Super Bowl XLIX. This will be the first time since 2010 that the same venue will host both the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl.
Following the 2015’s Arizona hosted event, the Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii with Aloha Stadium set to host the game on January 31, 2016. The NFL has also reached an agreement with Hawaii to play future Pro Bowls at the same venue beyond 2016, details of the agreement are still pending.
The move to Arizona for the 2015 Pro Bowl comes after the restructuring of the game’s player selection format in 2014. The 2014 Pro Bowl allowed fans to vote on their favorite players regardless of conference, a first in Pro Bowl history. Selected players were then drafted by NFL legends Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice, along with their team captains, to play for their their respective teams.
While Arizona will be a perfect fit for the game with it’s warm, sunny weather, it will be interesting to see what the player’s think of the location change (and about losing their trip to the tropical Aloha state).