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Citrus Bowl Officials Eye NFL Pro Bowl


The NFL’s Pro Bowl might be making a stop in Orlando. The Citrus Bowl is interested in hosting the yearly match up.

In a statement to the Orlando Sentinel, Florida Citrus Sports officials say they’ve submitted a proposal to host the all-star football game for three years – staring in 2017.

The Pro Bowl is an exhibition game, with fans voting on the best players from the season to play. For the better part of three-decades, it’s been held in Honolulu.

Orange County Teresa Jacobs said in a statement the county is currently re-evaluating the use of the Tourism Development Tax to bring events like this to Central Florida.

"I am confident that once that effort is concluded," said Jacobs, "we will be able to compete to bring this marquee event to our community.”

An NFL spokesperson told the Associated Press that multiple cities are interested in hosting the event.

Officials from Florida Citrus Sports declined comment on ongoing negotiations or details of our business dealings.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."