Hawaii football fans can revel in the season of Pro Bowl yet again. Today, NFL announced its decision to keep the all-star game in Honolulu after the possibility of canceling it last year, due to the poor level of play. The Pro Bowl will be held a week before the Super Bowl on Jan. 27, 2013.
Pro Bowl gets the green light to continue in Hawaii.
This will be the 33rd Pro Bowl in the islands and third consecutive year at the Aloha Stadium. Every year, locals get into the spirit by dressing up and, of course, adorning their faces/bodies with lathers of paint. Some might even pack the ti leaves for extra luck and visual decor. But no big sporting event would be complete without the pre-party, also known as tailgating; tailgating, Hawaiian style, that is! Bust out the poke, sushi, spam musubis and manapua, and you’ve got yourself an array of “gourmet” goodies encompassing Hawaii’s favorite flavors. A sure way to get you pumped up for any game!
Hawaii’s tourism officials and Gov. Neil Abercrombie welcomed the news of Pro Bowl’s return. It will continue to strengthen ties between Hawaii and Asia, as a continent with several major markets for tourism to our islands. Fans from all over fly here just for the game, helping to generate a significant revenue in tax dollars to the state, according to a Hawaii Tourism Authority press release. The game also helps to build a sense of community within the Aloha State. NFL hosts youth education programs and gives fans a chance to engage with players and take in the experience of watching a live professional football game.
I’ve watched many football games here but have yet to attend a Pro Bowl game. Hopefully next year will be my chance! If you’re in the islands during this time, then also be on the look out for the big block party and other events celebrating football in the Aloha State.
Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority/Kirk Lee Aeder