The 2017 Pro Bowl is the National Football League‘s all-star game for the 2016 season which will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 29, 2017. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. After 3 years of a “drafted” format, the NFL announced that it would return to the “conferenced” format previously used for 42 years. The rosters were announced on December 20 on a Pro Bowl selection show on NFL Network. The coaches will be Jason Garrett for the NFC team and Andy Reid for the AFC team.
Host selection process
At least five locations were in contention to host the 2017 Pro Bowl, with four submitting formal bids.
- Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, the site of the Pro Bowl from 1980–2009, 2011–2014, and 2016.
- NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, the site of Super Bowl LI.
- Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, where Pro Bowl rightsholder ESPN has operations at Walt Disney World.
- An unidentified stadium (likely either Sydney Football Stadium or Stadium Australia) in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Sydney, while it did submit a bid, was considered a long shot due to time zone concerns.
- Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium, which had recently been renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, was discussed as a potential hosting site for the event, but Brazil ultimately declined to place a bid.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the 2017 Pro Bowl would be a “week-long celebration for football and our fans”; a number of family-oriented side events will be held at the Walt Disney World Resort and its ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, including practices, a 5K run, youth events, and player appearances.
On December 12, 2016, the NFL announced that it would hold a series of skills competitions during Pro Bowl week at the Wide World of Sports Complex, known as the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.