LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas is slowly becoming the center of the NFL world.
Not only will the Raiders call the city home starting this season and host the NFL Draft in 2022, but the league also announced Allegiant Stadium will host the Pro Bowl in 2021.
The Pro Bowl, which is the yearly matchup featuring the best players from the AFC and NFC not competing in the Super Bowl, will be on Sunday, January 31, 2021, and will be televised on KTNV as well as ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
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Along with the game itself, the week will feature various activities in Las Vegas including the NFL FLAG Championship games, AFC and NFC team practices and for the fifth consecutive year, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, where the NFL’s biggest stars from each conference compete in unique tests of their skills.
Caesars Entertainment, the NFL’s official casino sponsor, will use its casino properties for fan experiences with further details to be announced at a later date.
“The Raiders welcome the NFL Pro Bowl to Allegiant Stadium and to Las Vegas, the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World,” Raiders President Marc Badain said in a statement announcing the selection. “Pro Bowl week is a celebration of the best the NFL has to offer and there is no better place than Las Vegas to celebrate and honor the league’s biggest stars. The NFL, the LVCVA and the Raiders look forward to a world-class event that will set the standard for future NFL events in Las Vegas.”
Orlando's Camping World Stadium has played host to the last four Pro Bowls, with Hawaii's Aloha Stadium hosting all but two editions of the game from 1979-2016.
The 2021 Pro Bowl will follow the traditional AFC versus NFC format and feature 88 of the best NFL players – 44 from each conference – as determined by a consensus of votes by fans, players, and coaches. Both teams will be led by offensive and defensive NFL Legends who will serve as captains representing each conference.
Local sports radio host TC Martin says it’s another step in showcasing Las Vegas as a major sports city, and potentially setting the stage for the city to host a Super Bowl.
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“With the Pro Bowl coming to Las Vegas, that just puts an added light on the Pro Bowl and again, what better place to host any of these major events in Las Vegas," Martin said.
Tickets will go on sale later this year, but fans interested in receiving the latest Pro Bowl information may register at NFL.com/VegasPB for a chance to win a VIP trip to the Pro Bowl and other presale opportunities.