The league on Wednesday announced locations for its next two annual all-star games, with Arizona hosting the matchup in 2015 before a planned return to Hawaii in 2016.
Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium is slated to host the Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 25, 2015, one week before Super Bowl XLIX kicks off at the same venue. It's the first time the affair has been stationed at a Super Bowl site since 2010, when Miami's Sun Life Stadium hosted the event.
Then it's slated to go back to Hawaii, with Aloha Stadium marked to host the game on January 31, 2016. The NFL also has an agreement with the state of Hawaii to play the Pro Bowl at the same site beyond the 2016 campaign, but those details are pending.
It's the latest in a wave of changes to a contest that still is questioned regarding its existence. This year's game was the first "unconferenced" tilt, with players selected without concern to their conference through voting by the fans, coaches and players.
The warm-weather locale makes Arizona a natural fit, but we have yet to hear what the players feel about losing a trip our nation's glorious 50th state.
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