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Where is the Pro Bowl? When is it? Why is flag football involved? Here's everything to know

If you're just tuning into the Pro Bowl for the first time in a while, things might look a little different. The traditional NFL all-star festivities are now labeled the Pro Bowl Games. But don't...

If you're just tuning into the Pro Bowl for the first time in a while, things might look a little different. The traditional NFL all-star festivities are now labeled the Pro Bowl Games. But don't worry, the main event is still there, albeit with a twist. Let's dive in and explore the details of the Pro Bowl Games and what makes it unique.

Where is the Pro Bowl 2024?

The 2024 Pro Bowl Games are taking place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. It's the same stadium that hosts the Citrus Bowl and the Pop-Tarts Bowl. Yes, that Pop-Tarts Bowl, the one with the live mascot that celebrates while being lowered into a giant toaster to be eaten by the victors. Florida sure knows how to make things interesting.

Has the Pro Bowl always been in Orlando?

No, the Pro Bowl has moved around quite a bit over the years. It originally started in 1951 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. From there, it toured different NFL cities, including the Orange Bowl and Tampa Stadium. The Pro Bowl eventually found its home in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1980 to 2009. It then had a short stint in Miami before returning to Honolulu. After that, Orlando became the new host city for the Pro Bowl from 2017 to 2020. Due to the COVID pandemic, there was no game in 2021, and it moved to the new Las Vegas stadium the following year. But now, with the Super Bowl being played in Las Vegas, the Pro Bowl is back in Orlando.

When did the NFL start doing the Pro Bowl?

The first NFL all-star game took place in 1939, with the NFL champions playing against the best players from the rest of the league. However, the Pro Bowl as we know it today started after the 1950 season. The inaugural Pro Bowl was held on January 14, 1951, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham led the American Conference to a thrilling 28-27 victory.

Has the Pro Bowl always been before the Super Bowl?

No, before 2010, the Pro Bowl was always held the week after the Super Bowl. However, the NFL decided to make a change to increase fan and player interest in the game. They moved the Pro Bowl to the week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, making it a part of the football-filled Sundays from August to February. This change meant that players from the two teams competing in the Super Bowl didn't participate in the Pro Bowl, allowing them to focus on the big game instead. The first Pro Bowl under this new schedule took place on January 31, 2010, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Is the 2024 Pro Bowl flag football?

Yes, the Pro Bowl Games have undergone yet another transformation. Starting in 2023, the NFL changed the format of the Pro Bowl. Instead of a traditional football game, it now features a series of skills competitions between the best players in the NFL. The highlight of the weekend is a 7-on-7 flag football game. This change brought a new level of excitement, with memorable moments like Jalen Ramsey laying out Tyreek Hill during the 2023 Pro Bowl Games. In 2024, the flag football game will take place on Sunday afternoon, and the AFC and NFC teams will be coached by Peyton and Eli Manning, respectively.

What is the Pro Bowl Games schedule?

The Pro Bowl Games include a mix of classic skills competitions and new events. Some of the classic competitions include precision passing and a tug-of-war, while new events include a Madden video game contest, dodgeball tournament, and a full-field relay race. The points earned from these competitions will contribute to the overall score for either the AFC or NFC. The conference with the most points at the end of the weekend will be crowned the winner of the Pro Bowl. Here is the schedule for Sunday's events:

  • Madden NFL Head-To-Head: Players face off in the "Madden NFL 24" video game.
  • Gridiron Gauntlet: A relay race through a full-field obstacle course.
  • Tug-of-War: Teams of five attempt to pull each other into a foam pit.
  • Move the Chains: Offensive and defensive linemen move weights and walls across the finish line.
  • Kick Tac Toe: Kickers play tic-tac-toe with field goal tries.
  • Flag football: Teams of seven compete in a flag football game coached by Peyton and Eli Manning.

When is the Pro Bowl 2024?

The final day of the 2024 Pro Bowl Games will take place on Sunday, February 4, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The broadcast will air from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., so make sure to mark your calendars and set a reminder.

What channel is Pro Bowl 2024 on?

If you want to catch all the action, tune in to ABC and ESPN. They will be broadcasting the Pro Bowl Games. If you prefer streaming, options include WatchESPN and the ESPN app, fuboTV, YouTube TV, and Hulu + Live TV. Enjoy the games from the comfort of your own home or wherever you prefer to watch.

Can I get Pro Bowl tickets? How much are they?

Yes, tickets are still available for Sunday's Pro Bowl Games. As of noon Saturday, the lowest tickets on Ticketmaster were priced at $25. Whether you're a die-hard fan or simply curious to witness the Pro Bowl Games in person, grab your tickets and be a part of the excitement.

Who has the most Pro Bowls in history?

When it comes to the most Pro Bowl appearances, that record belongs to Tom Brady. The legendary quarterback, who has played for both the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has made 15 Pro Bowl teams. Tight end Tony Gonzalez, quarterback Peyton Manning, offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, and defensive lineman Merlin Olsen closely follow Brady with 14 Pro Bowl appearances each. However, it's worth noting that Brady didn't play in all of his Pro Bowl selections due to Super Bowl commitments or personal reasons.

What does the winner of the Pro Bowl get?

Apart from the honor of being crowned the Pro Bowl champion, each player on the winning team earns $88,000, while each player on the losing side receives $44,000. These sums set a record for Pro Bowl winnings, ensuring that players are rewarded for their exceptional performances on the field. However, keep in mind that players from the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, who are in the Super Bowl, won't participate in the Pro Bowl Games but will still receive these winnings.

The Pro Bowl may have evolved over the years, but its essence remains the same - a celebration of the NFL's best talent. So gather your friends, grab some snacks, and get ready to enjoy an action-packed weekend of skill competitions and flag football. It's the perfect way to immerse yourself in the excitement of the Pro Bowl Games.

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