The Super Bowl will be in New Orleans this season, but what about the Pro Bowl? According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, there’s a chance that the game, which many thought would be cancelled, could be played at the Superdome on January 27th.
The annual contest pitting stars from the NFC and AFC currently is slated to be played Sunday, Jan. 27 but the NFL has yet to set a venue for the game, which historically has been played in Hawaii.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday the future of the Pro Bowl is on the owners’ agenda.
Aiello also said the league “does not have a venue for the game at this time. No decision has been made yet on whether to play the game this season. We have been discussing the future of the Pro Bowl with the union.”
But league sources have said if a game is played, then New Orleans is a leading candidate to host the event. The idea of New Orleans double hosting the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl began floating around following last season’s Super Bowl.
Superdome General Manager Alan Freeman said if the Pro Bowl is played in New Orleans, the stadium is available Jan. 27.
“The NFL asked us to hold the date (Jan. 27) some time ago, but we have not had any further discussions with them about whether or not the game will be played in NOLA, or if there is going to be a game at all,” Freeman said in an email.