10 Places Where NFL Should Consider Moving The Pro Bowl To
10 Places Where The NFL Should Consider Moving The Pro Bowl To
The NFL Pro Bowl has undergone major changes in recent years. Not only has the NFL instituted a fantasy draft to ensure excitement, but the league, after threatening the suspension of the game due to poor competitive spirit, saw a competitive game for the first time in quite a while in 2013. Now, the NFL needs to change their venue for this game from Honolulu to another location.
I like Honolulu and the tropical paradise that is Hawaii, but there is no NFL presence in Hawaii. No teams are from Hawaii, and few players are from Hawaii, making the game out of touch with the true fanbases in America. The NFL recently tried moving the Pro Bowl to Miami in 2009 the week before the Super Bowl, but for some reason, the league likes the game in Hawaii.
Giving the Pro Bowl to NFL cities gives the fans of that particular team a noteworthy event should their team not have a good year. The hometown athletes will get the appreciation they are not given in Hawaii, and the game deserves to be in an NFL city, not an outside venue. Even giving the game to prominent colleges would connect the college athletes to the NFL superstars.
With that in mind, here are the 10 best venues for the NFL to move the Pro Bowl to. Most of the following are NFL stadiums, but I also included a couple of college stadiums whose rich histories would give the NFL a new avenue of connecting the entire country to the NFL.
10. Levi's Stadium
Giving the Pro Bowl to the NFL's newest stadium would cap off the first year for the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The location provides a similar temperature and climate to Hawaii, and the game would be hosted by one of the winningest teams in NFL history.
9. The Rose Bowl
Perhaps the most nostalgic college football stadium in college football history, the Rose Bowl would be an excellent college choice for the Pro Bowl. Home to the UCLA Bruins and the "Granddaddy Of Them All", the Rose Bowl has plenty of great memories associated with this stadium.
8. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Home to the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1980s, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is one of the greatest venues in sports history. Having the Pro Bowl there would give back to a college football program that is the greatest football factory in the nation in terms of NFL talent.
7. Raymond James Stadium
A warm weather stadium, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa would give the NFL its ideal conditions for a Pro Bowl game. The NFL would capitalize on the great state of Florida and the many talented football prospects in that state.
6. University Of Phoenix Stadium
With a venue that has hosted one of the greatest Super Bowls in NFL history (Super Bowl 42), the University of Phoenix Stadium has had hosted big events before. The Arizona Cardinals' stadium gives the NFL the option to play in the dome or to open the roof.
5. CenturyLink Field
Home of the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field is home to the 12th man and the loudest stadium in the NFL. The NFL would be smart to add a stipulation saying that whichever team wins the Super Bowl gets the Pro Bowl the following season, giving teams another additional revenue-gaining event.
4. Georgia Dome
Home to many big events, including Super Bowl 34, the Georgia Dome is familiar with hosting plenty of major sporting events. Adding the Pro Bowl would give the Dome another marquee event that not many other stadiums can match.
3. Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Home to plenty of major sporting events like the Georgia Dome, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's atmosphere and history of hosting multiple Super Bowls would be a perfect match for the Pro Bowl.
2. Sun Life Stadium
The NFL has previously hosted a Pro Bowl outside of Hawaii. In 2010, the week before Super Bowl 44, Sun Life Stadium hosted the Pro Bowl the week before the Super Bowl. Home to the Miami Dolphins, the weather and the notoriety of the city is another perfect match for the Pro Bowl.
1. AT&T Stadium
AT&T Stadium in Dallas is the ideal location for the next Pro Bowl. Often called Jerryworld, the Cowboys' new stadium has already hosted a Super Bowl (45) and also has hosted major college football games.