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Pro Bowl to return to Hawaii for at least two more years

Kelvin Bloom Kelvin Bloom
Miles Matsumura Miles Matsumura

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Pro Bowl's Returning to Hawaii.

The NFL all-star showcase will be back in 2011, after a one year stopover next year in Miami.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority and the National Football League reached the tentative agreement this morning.

It brings the Pro-Bowl to Aloha Stadium for two years.

"I think given the current environment two solid years, two solid years that we can count on is a good agreement and before the end of this agreement hopefully well rack up another multi year agreement," said Kelvin Bloom of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The board agreed to pay the NFL four million-dollars per game.

A part of the agreement Aloha Stadium will only need to upgrade the field turf.

Friday's announcement is good news for Hawaii's economy and the businesses that rely on the big game.

For Happy Shirts it's news that keeps their business going. but it's a little more than that to them.

"It's not only just the game and about selling products, they do all that free seminars and work with the kids, so I think it's a good thing for Hawaii," said Miles Matsumura, a Sales Manager for Happy Shirts.

For nearly 30 years, the Pro Bowl pumps an estimated 30 million dollars into Hawaii's economy.

"Production-wise, in the months leading up to the Pro Bowl, it's pretty much our total production time. We devote all our machines plus overtime into the Pro Bowl products, T-shirts, embroideries, that type of work," said Matsumura.

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