NFL Pro Bowl 2015 shifting to Arizona; Back to Hawaii in 2016

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is bringing the Pro Bowl back to the mainland after this season, playing it at the site of the Super Bowl in Arizona. It will head back to Hawaii after the 2015 season.

The 2015 Pro Bowl (following the 2014 season) will be back in the Continental United States, the NFL announced today. The game will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the site of Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The game will be played one week prior to the AFC and NFC Champions facing off in the 49th edition of the Super Bowl, which kicks off February 1.

The 2016 NFL all-star contest will return to its traditional home of Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pro Bowl for the 2015 season will be held January 31, 2016. It will again be one week prior to the Super Bowl, with the 50th anniversary game held at the San Francisco 49ers' new Levis Stadium.

According to the NFL's announcement, the Pro Bowl following the 2016 season (the 2017 game) will also be played in Hawaii. The Pro Bowl first moved to Hawaii following the 1980 season and has been played there every season since, except for the 2010 game, following the 2009 season, when it was played at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. The game in Arizona will be the third time the Pro Bowl has been played at the same site as the Super Bowl, joining that 2010 Sun Life Stadium game and the 1967 contest at Los Angeles Coliseum a week after Super Bowl I.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will again feature the "unconferenced" rules first used this past season. Players will be voted upon by players, coaches, and fans, without regard to AFC or NFC affiliation. The teams will then be "drafted" from the available players prior to the game.

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