The announcement was somewhat expected. After all, more than 60,000 fans attended the 2017 game on Jan. 29 — the climax to a week of professional football events that drew the attendance of thousands of locals and visiting sports fans. Orlando's success was judged on several factors, including if the event sold out, which it did, as well as making sure the players and their families had a great experience and how the youth and high school community’s relationship resonated here in Orlando.
Orlando won the bid to host the Pro Bowl in 2017 and 2018, with an option for 2019, after the Orange County Tourist Development Council last year approved using $3 million in resort taxes to help bid for the event. “We have a contract for two [years] and an option for a third, but I’m hopeful this is a long-term permanent engagement,” Dyer said.