The NFL announced on Tuesday that the 2021 Pro Bowl will take place in Las Vegas at the Raiders’ new home of Allegiant Stadium on Sunday January 31st, one week before Super Bowl LV kicks off in Tampa Bay.
The announcement puts an end to the four year stint Orlando had as host for the game and breathes new life into the star-studded event, which has been considered one of the worst All-Star games of the major sports in the United States. As this will be the Raiders’ first year in Las Vegas, the city will almost certainly go all-out for the game. They will be hungry to prove that they are a city that deserves an NFL team.
The Pro Bowl will fit right into the scene of Las Vegas, as the city is built to be the destination for such an event. The weeklong experience will continue as it has in years past, with other events going on before the game such as the NFL FLAG Championship games, team practices for both the NFC and AFC players, and of course the ever-popular Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.
Although Las Vegas’ NFL debut should have happened at the NFL Draft in 2020, it had to be scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No need to fear, though, Las Vegas will still have the opportunity to host the Draft come 2022 – two years later than expected. Everyone is very excited to see how Sin City will do as an NFL town. I for one think it will be a smashing success. It will draw fans from all over the country to come see their favorite team square off against the Raiders. At the very least, it will be a great excuse to travel to Vegas for the weekend with some friends.
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