Officials from Florida Citrus Sports, Orange County, the City of Orlando, and the National Football League announced today that the NFL Pro Bowl is returning to Orlando, and Camping World Stadium for the 2023 season.
The Pro Bowl had previously been held in Orlando from 2017 to 2020 but has taken place in Las Vegas since 2022.
The format of the Pro Bowl was changed significantly since it last took place in Orlando. Rebranded last year as the NFL Pro Bowl Games, the event now stretches over the course of a week, and features a variety of competitions where the league’s top players “showcase their football and non-football skills,” before culminating in a flag football event on February 4, 2024.
Full details of the NFL Pro Bowl Games schedule will be released during the 2023 NFL regular season, but fans interested in ticket presale and VIP package opportunities, can visit NFL.com/ProBowlGames.
Mayor Demings – who had called a recess from a contentious County Commissioners Meeting regarding the use of Tourist Development Tax revenue to attend the press conference – took the opportunity to tout the estimated $45 million in economic impact that the Pro Bowl has brought to the community thus far.
“We’re having a larger conversation today about the merits of the Tourist Development Tax receipts and how we will expend those dollars within our community,” Demings stated. “So, to the NFL, let me just say thank you for investing in our community.”
Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports, reiterated the tangential community impact of events like the Pro Bowl, as well as TDT investment in Camping World Stadium. “We’ve invested $100 million in ten years in affordable housing development, early education facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs, remodeling of Lake Lorna Doone Park,” Hogan remarked. “When you benefit from participating in [the Tourist Development Tax], you’ve got to leave something behind.”