The National Football League will double down on big events in Las Vegas, holding the 2021 Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on January 31 to be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ABC.
The Pro Bowl will be one of a series of big events held in Las Vegas as the Raiders begin play in the fall. The NFL Draft was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas in the spring before it was turned into a virtual event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the league awarding the 2022 Draft to the city.
“The Raiders welcome the NFL Pro Bowl to Allegiant Stadium and to Las Vegas,” said Raiders President Marc Badain. “Pro Bowl week is a celebration of the best the NFL has to offer and there is no better place than Las Vegas to celebrate and honor the league’s biggest stars. The NFL, the LVCVA and the Raiders look forward to a world class event that will set the standard for future NFL events in Las Vegas.”
The NFL has been holding the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, since 2017. It is best known for being held at Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium from 1980 through 2009 along with 2011–2014 and 2016.
“We look forward to partnering with the Raiders and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to bring the excitement of Pro Bowl week to our Las Vegas fans and community for the first time” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL executive vice president of club business and league events who was a recent guest on the SportsTravel Podcast. “We thank the city of Orlando for its outstanding partnership in helping us to grow and evolve the Pro Bowl over the last four years. To our partners at Florida Citrus Sports, Camping World Stadium, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Visit Orlando, we appreciate your tremendous efforts over the years and look forward to creating more memorable moments together in the future.”
The 2021 Pro Bowl will be a weeklong celebration of football, and will feature various activities in Las Vegas including the NFL FLAG Championship games, AFC and NFC team practices and for the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown. There will also be a series of community and charitable-focused events directly benefitting the local Las Vegas community.
“We’re appreciative of the NFL’s leadership and commitment to bring the 2021 Pro Bowl to Las Vegas,” said Steve Hill, president and chief executive officer of the LVCVA. “We look forward to hosting the best NFL players and their incredible fan base for a weeklong celebration that could only happen in Las Vegas.”