Raiders: Las Vegas set to be the site of the 2021 Pro Bowl

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The Las Vegas Raiders are set to play host to the 2021 Pro Bowl in their first season in Allegiant Stadium.

The Las Vegas Raiders are ready to kick off the 2020 season in their brand new home of Allegiant Stadium. And Raiders home games won’t be the only games played at the NFL’s newest stadium.

For the first time in their 61-year existence, the Raiders will play their home games outside of the state of California. And for the first time in five years, the Pro Bowl will be taking place outside of the state of Florida.

As announced earlier on Tuesday by the NFL, the 2021 Pro Bowl is set to take place in the brand new Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada on January 31, 2021. This marks the end of a four-year run in which the Pro Bowl was held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Las Vegas was scheduled to play host to the 2020 NFL Draft before fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to rethink things. Instead, the first-ever virtual draft was held and the city has been selected to host the 2022 NFL Draft as compensation.

But it appears as though the NFL is ready to embrace this new market as not only will Las Vegas take center stage of the draft, but now the Pro Bowl could become an annual fixture in “Sin City.”

10 other stadiums have played host to the Pro Bowl over the all-star game’s existence with the most recent being the aforementioned Camping World Stadium in Orlando and Aloha Stadium in Halawa, Hawaii.

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Of course, Aloha Stadium is the most notable home of the Pro Bowl having hosted the event every year from 1979 to 2015 with the exception of 2009 and 2014.

Perhaps the Raiders’ home field of Allegiant Stadium could become the new annual home of the Pro Bowl.

The Raiders are scheduled to play their first game at Allegiant Stadium on August 27 when they take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 of the preseason. But it remains to be seen if the preseason will actually go down as expected given current circumstances.

If not, then their first regular-season home game is slated to be a Week 2 matchup with the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football in what should be a rocking stadium provided fans are permitted to attend.

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Hopes are high for the Raiders in 2020 and perhaps fans in attendance will be treated to a number of hometown players participating in the Pro Bowl by the time January 31 comes around.