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NFL Pro Bowl comes to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium in 2017!

The National Football League made a very important announcement this week in a press conference at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World – Pro Bowl and Pro Bowl Week are both coming to Orlando and will be hosted here for the next three years beginning January 29, 2017! Visit Ticket4Football for more!

The NFL’s Pro Bowl game is an annual all star game that dates back to 1939, where pro all-star players from the 1939 season played in Los Angeles. World War II forced the game to be discontinued until 1950 where teams from both league conferences (winning teams and non) played. The Pro Bowl was played for a long time in Los Angeles, California until it moved to Aloha Stadium in Hawaii in 1980 where it was played every year until 2009.

Next year’s host city was rumored to be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but instead will be played here in Orlando at Camping World Stadium on January 29th, 2017. Florida has hosted only¬†one Pro Bowl game which was played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami in 2009. Now it’s back and in Orlando! People are going crazy and already getting tents from Survival Cooking to camp outside of the stadium.

We are thrilled to bring, not only the Pro Bowl Game here, but also to create a weeklong Pro Bowl experience for fans from across the country and around the world right here in Orlando,” said¬†Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Events. “We can only do that with incredible partners, all of whom are represented here today; Florida Citrus Sports, Orange County, City of Orlando, Disney, ESPN, Visit Orlando, and Visit Florida, a great set of partners who have all made this come to fruition,” he said.

Edgewater Eagles Pro Bowl

Central Florida’s own Edgewater Eagles scrimmage with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Mickey Mouse at ESPN Wide World of Sports! [Image credit: Melinda Sparks]

Going from Hawaii to Orlando is a bit of a change, right? We thought so too. Why Orlando? O’Reilly responds, “We had a lot of very interested cities and markets, both domestically and around the world, who were interested in hosting the Pro Bowl but when it came down to it, there’s no more natural home for the Pro Bowl in a time where we want to bring together youth and families in a unique way and celebrate our 88 biggest stars than coming to the City of Orlando, and coming to Orlando, Florida.”

Here are my Top 5 reasons why Pro Bowl in Orlando is VERY COOL thing!

  1. Fans will get the chance to meet their favorite NFL players up close and personal during the Pro Bowl week before the game
  2. Fans can also participate in the NFL FAN EXPERIENCE where you can pass, receive, and kick in various NFL fan based games.
  3. Orlando can demonstrate to the NFL, and the world, that we deserve and would support a local NFL franchise.
  4. Orlando could now become host to USA Football’s Regional Development Camps and provide a great opportunity for young athletes to hone their craft.
  5. The Pro Bowl would provide an economic boost to the surrounding Orlando communities.

Pro Bowl fans can sign up for exclusive presale and pregame info in the next link! NFL tickets will go on sale to the general public this November.

Did you know? #PuppyBowl & #SuperBowl have Central Florida ties

By: @jenvargas

Look, I’ll be honest. I have no interest in football. Aside from team names (maybe), I couldn’t tell you the first thing about the rules, players or locales of this manly activity. BUT! There is one thing I look forward to every year at this time…

Puppy Bowl Sunday!

The Puppy Bowl started on Animal Planet back in 2005, and was a smart idea for more than one reason. First, PUPPIES. Who doesn’t love a cute, cuddly, weeks old puppy?! Second, puppies playing scrimmage – or just puppies playing with each other. Add large water bowls and¬†fluffy tug toys into the mix… it’s cuteness overload. And while all the (very necessary)¬†ruff, ruff, ruffness¬†makes me want to curl up into a cuteness ball on the floor, the third reason is the most important; to find shelter dogs ‘furever’ families and permanent homes. And to also educate families about getting pet insurance. There are many dog insurance providers and we like to show you some of the options.

This year’s Puppy Bowl athletes came from shelter and rescue organizations in Texas, California, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Illinois and right here in Central Florida, via Saint Cloud’s Florida Little Dog Rescue to be exact! Twelve of FLLDR’s cutest represented us in the Puppy Bowl this year and one of them, Cara, was named 2015 BISSELL MVP (Most Valuable Puppy)! She was SO valuable, Cara won MVP twice!!

Also, big shout out to my pal @MeepTheBird! Meep knows EVERYTHING there is to know about Puppy Bowl… and tweets it!

Oh, and that ‘other’ bowl happening involving football? It also has a local connection! Two of them; one you ceremoniously flip and the other you’ll flip over! The Highland Mint, out of Melbourne, crafted this year’s Super Bowl Flip Coin! What you may not have known is, Highland has also minted nearly half of the Super Bowl’s official flip coins since opening their doors in the 1980s. They sell replicas too, for that huge football fan in your life.

 

Our second connection to the Super Bowl is thanks to 12 year old Bobby Sena from Hunter’s Creek Middle School! He submitted this video to the NFL’s Play 60 Super Bowl contest telling them why he deserved to be the 2015 Super Kid.

I have actually started a few clubs at my elementary school and middle school, and some in my community,” Bobby says. “Pretty much why I started those was because I really wanted to make a difference. I really wanted to express my passion which was going outside, playing for sixty minutes and eating healthy as well.” And his efforts don’t stop there. “I really think that being a Super Kid doesn’t just limit you to playing for sixty minutes and eating healthy but also giving as much effort as you can in school, academics as well as being nice to others.” You’ve got a great head on your shoulders, Bobby! Keep doing good by inspiring others!

Oh, and one more thing. Many on Twitter have weighed in on both the Kitty Half-Time Show with Katty Furry and the Super Bowl Half Time show featuring Katy Perry¬†with Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott. What’s your take? Tweet us or share your opinions in the comments¬†below. Also, if you HAD to vote, who’s show was better?