2017 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando with Week-Long Festivities at Walt Disney World

It’s one week before the Super Bowl, what are you doing next?  I’m going to Disney World!  Wait, what?  Yesterday, the NFL announced the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando on Sunday, January 29 one week before Super Bowl 51.  In addition to the Pro Bowl in Orlando, the event will feature a week of activities at Walt Disney World Resort and ESPN Wide World of Sports celebrating youth sports.  Walt Disney World has a long football and sports history hosting multiple Super Bowl MVPs, the annual college football awards, Pop Warner Super Bowl, and multiple camps.  Continue reading for more details about the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando and the accompanying events at Walt Disney World.

2017 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando

Athletes from Edgewater High School (Orlando, FL.) interact with Mickey Mouse at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. On June 1, the National Football League announced the arrival of the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, with AFC-NFC practices and Pro Bowl Week activities to be held at Walt Disney World Resort. (Disney)

From Disney Sports Press Release

The NFL will celebrate its brightest stars of today and tomorrow with new PRO BOWL WEEK festivities in 2017 in Orlando.  The announcement was made at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, site of the AFC-NFC team practices and host to unprecedented new youth-focused football activities.

Culminating with the 2017 Pro Bowl game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday, January 29 and televised live at 8 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, Pro Bowl Week will celebrate all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best.

“We are excited to re-imagine the Pro Bowl experience for both fans and players and to celebrate the game of football at all levels,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, “collaborating with Disney and ESPN brings us closer to the best in youth and family-focused entertainment. We look forward to working with the city of Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports to create a week-long celebration for football and our fans.”

Pop Warner Super Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports

Pop Warner Super Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Photo by Phelan Ebenhack © Disney. All Rights Reserved

Among the highlights of Pro Bowl Week

  • Pro Bowl AFC and NFC practices will be held alongside youth football competitions, activities and fan events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, which annually hosts more than 100 youth sports events, such as the Pop Warner Super Bowl.
  • The 2017 Pro Bowl players will also be able to invite their former youth or high school coach to be a part of the celebrations during the week. Players on the winning Pro Bowl team will receive a grant from the NFL Foundation to support their youth or high school football program.
  • The annual USA Football National Conference will take place during the week leading up to the Pro Bowl. USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, leads the largest annual conference of high school and youth football administrators and high school coaches in the United States. More than 650 participants from all 50 states attended USA Football’s 2016 National Conference in Indianapolis, addressing coach education, player safety and key trends through inspiring speakers representing youth, high school, collegiate and pro levels.
  • The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award winner will be announced during the Pro Bowl as part of a year-long recognition of high school coaches on ESPN. The award honors high school football coaches that display the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history.
  • Pro Bowl festivities for youth and their families will take place throughout the week across Orlando, including a Pro Bowl-themed 5K run and a parade of Pro Bowl players in the Magic Kingdom.
DREW BREES AT DISNEY WORLD - FEB. 8, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees joined Mickey Mouse Feb. 8, 2010 in a celebratory parade in the Magic Kingdom. Brees led the New Orlean Saints to a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Photo by Kent Phillips © Disney. All Rights Reserved

 

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” format. The NFL’s best will once again be in the spotlight as 88 players – 44 from the AFC and 44 from the NFC – are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches.

“Hosting the NFL Pro Bowl is exactly the type of opportunity we had in mind when our community pulled together to invest in the reconstruction of Camping World Stadium. Orlando is the top tourist destination in the country and we look forward to providing players, staff, families, and fans from all levels of football an unforgettable week,” said CEO of Florida Citrus Sports Steve Hogan.

Beginning in the fall of 2016, first priority access to Pro Bowl game tickets will go to Season Ticket Members of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the other 29 NFL clubs and Florida Citrus Sports.

Remaining inventory of Pro Bowl game tickets will be available for purchase by the public in November. Fans may register on ProBowl.com for exclusive presale opportunities and additional information on Pro Bowl Week fan events in Orlando.

Football fans will also be able to see NFL action at Camping World Stadium when the Miami Dolphins host the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, August 25 at 8 PM ET in Week 3 of the preseason to celebrate Play Football Month. Youth football teams from across Florida will be honored as part of the gameday activities.

The game will also provide NFL officials the opportunity to observe the gameday experience and stadium operations. Miami Dolphins Season Ticket Members & Florida Citrus Sports Members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets during an exclusive pre-sale on Monday, June 6, at 10 AM ET. The public on-sale will be on Thursday, June 9 at 10 AM ET. Fans can visit Dolphins.com for more information.

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