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The National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl is set to return to Las Vegas (US) in 2023 after the City successfully hosted the all-star event this year.

‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ stated that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority recently approved the $1.75 million hosting fee tied to the Pro Bowl.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s agenda states it would be held in Las Vegas on February 5th, 2023.

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league that consists of 32 teams, divided equally between the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference.

The Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). From the merger with the rival American Football League (AFL) in 1970 up through 2013 and since 2017, it is officially called the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, matching the top players in the American Football Conference (AFC) against those in the National Football Conference (NFC).

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority are a Government agency and the official destination marketing organization for Southern Nevada (US). It was founded by the Nevada Legislature in 1955.

An NFL spokesperson said in a statement, “Building on the incredible success of the 2022 Pro Bowl and 2022 draft in Las Vegas, we are thrilled to bring the 2023 Pro Bowl back to the City for the second year and continue our partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the NFL team Las Vegas Raiders. Exciting Pro Bowl changes are ahead, and we look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks.”

‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ further stated that the NFL owners in May discussed ways to alter the event, which could mean preserving the weeklong festivities but eliminating the tackle football game portion.

At that time, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that changes are being contemplated – “I think the conclusion was that the game itself doesn’t work. And that we needed to find a different way to celebrate our players. We talked an awful lot about some of the events around the Pro Bowl are really extremely popular, whether it’s the Quarterback Challenge or some of the other events, so those are things that we’ll probably build on.”

The game has increasingly turned into a far-less physical affair with players wanting to avoid injuries. That included the game in Las Vegas, which turned into a game of two-hand touch as defenders rarely tackled ball carriers.

This year’s event at the 65,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada (US) proved successful financially. However, generating a $54.7 million economic impact and drawing nearly 30,000 fans from out of the State, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Las Vegas was also set to host the 2021 Pro Bowl, but that was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

There were 45,672 fans in attendance for this year’s Pro Bowl, according to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority data.

The Pro Bowl week was more than just the game, with various events occurring throughout the Las Vegas Valley in the lead-up to the game.

From charity, youth and community events, to the fan-favorite skills challenge held at the 10,000-capacity Las Vegas Ballpark in Nevada, there was no shortage of chances for fans to catch their favorite players in person.

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority is responsible for the ownership and oversight of the NFL stadium project created by Senate Bill 1 during the 30th Special Session of the Nevada State Legislature. The Stadium Authority roles and responsibilities include: Owning and overseeing the stadium and land.

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