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The National Football League announced that the Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona in 2015, but will return to Hawaii in 2016 and 2017.
In a news release posted on NFL.com, the NFL said the Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX a week later on Sunday, February 1.
The Pro Bowl following the 2015 season will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016, and televised live on ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. San Francisco will host Super Bowl L the following Sunday.
The NFL has an agreement with the State of Hawaii to play the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium following the 2016 season but final confirmation of the game will be made at a later date.
The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the third one played in the same city as the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Coliseum hosted the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967, and the Pro Bowl the following week. South Florida hosted the Pro Bowl in 2010 a week before Super Bowl XLIV.
The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the sixth consecutive game played prior to the Super Bowl.
The new format that debuted at the 2014 Pro Bowl will continue, the NFL said.
Rather than the AFC vs. NFC matchup that had existed since 1971, players were selected without regard to conference and chosen for teams led by NFL Hall of Fame players Deon Sanders and Jerry Rice.
Tickets for 2015 will be available first to Arizona Cardinals season ticket members and annual Pro Bowl season ticket holders. Pro Bowl annual ticket subscribers in Hawaii will maintain their account status for any future games at Aloha Stadium.