Deadline to make decision on 2017 Pro Bowl location extended

Deadline to make decision on 2017 Pro Bowl location extended

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The deadline to make a decision on whether the NFL Pro Bowl will stay in Hawaii in 2017 has been extended by two months, the Hawaii Tourism Authority announced Thursday.

The HTA and NFL have a contract for the 2017 Pro Bowl, but the NFL has the option to opt out. Both sides have until May 31 to make the final decision. The original deadline was March 31.

The league was also considering other locations, including Houston, Texas and Sydney, Australia.

HTA estimates up to 35,000 visitors come to Hawaii for the game and spend approximately $28 million. The state gets $2.8 million in tax revenue.

Hawaii's 30-year-run hosting the Pro Bowl ended in 2009. Over the past six seasons the game has been played at Aloha Stadium five times.

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