Inside the Pro Bowl: The Location
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Destination: Honolulu, Hawaii | Aloha Stadium
Address: 99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96818
Sun, sand, swaying palms and gridiron superstars come together and make this a remarkable experience for any football fan. Home of the State Capitol, Honolulu, the island of Oahu is home to various historic landmarks, world-class shopping, and some of the most luxurious beaches in the world.
As Hawaii’s most populated island, Oahu is known as “The Gathering Place,” and it definitely lives up to its name. With attractions that include Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, and the famous North Shore, Oahu is filled with destinations that could please any traveler.
About the Stadium: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Located in Central Oahu, the Aloha Stadium is Hawaii’s largest outdoor arena, home to the annual NFL Pro Bowl game since 1980 (except in 2010 and 2015).
Located west of downtown Honolulu and two miles north of Honolulu International Airport, Aloha Stadium was built in 1975 and was intended as a replacement for the aging Honolulu Stadium on King Street, demolished in 1976.
Aloha Stadium could be reconfigured into various arrangrements for different sporting events and other purposes, and was the first stadium in the United States with this capability. Four movable sections, each 3.5 million pounds and with a capacity of 7,000, could move using air casters into a diamond configuration for baseball (also used for soccer), an oval for football, or a triangle for concerts. A 2005 study by Honolulu engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. determined that the stadium required $99 million to be completely restored and an additional $115 million for ongoing maintenance and refurbishment over the next 20 years to extend its useful life. In January 2007, the stadium was permanently locked into its football configuration, citing cost and maintenance issues. An engineer from Rolair Systems, the NASA spin-off company that engineered the system, claims that the problem was caused by a concrete contractor that ignored specifications for the concrete pads under the stadium.
In early 2007, the state legislature proposed to spend $300 million to build a new facility as opposed to spending approximately $216 million to extend the life of Aloha Stadium for another 20–30 years. The new stadium would also be used to lure a potential Super Bowl to Hawaii in the near future.
Previous Pro Bowl Game Locations
Since the AFC-NFC merger in 1970, the Pro Bowl has been held in the following stadiums:
- Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1971-72, 1979)
- Texas Stadium (1973)
- Arrowhead Stadium (1974)
- Miami Orange Bowl (1975)
- Louisiana Superdome (1976)
- The Kingdome (1977)
- Tampa Stadium (1978)
- Aloha Stadium (1980-2009, 2011-2014, 2016)
- Sun Life Stadium (2010)
- University of Phoenix Stadium (2015)