KJZZ staff and the Valley jazz community lost a true friend this week. Paul Anderson passed away unexpectedly Jan. 20.
Arizona To Host The 2015 Pro Bowl
The NFL said Arizona will host the 2015 Pro Bowl a week before the Super Bowl next year. The Pro Bowl will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Sunday, January 25.
Promoters hope the Pro Bowl will bring additional revenues to the state.
Todd Sanders is president of the Greater Phoenix Area Chamber of Commerce. He said this year’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii shows that the Valley can expect a big financial boost from the game.
“Looking at some of the numbers from Hawaii, there’s significant economic impact. It looks like from their game that about a third of the people came from out of state," said Sanders. "And given that their game is so far away, we believe here in Phoenix we’ll actually get an even bigger visitor turnout because of the game."
Sanders expects it will be a valuable promotion for the Valley during the middle of the winter.
“Absolutely. I think when people see what Phoenix is like here especially at that time of year, I think it has a benefit for Arizona, and I think it brings the right kind of decision makers to the Valley," he said. "They might look at this as a place where they might want to relocate to or bring a business to."
Earlier this year, nearly 11.5 million people watched the Pro Bowl on ESPN from Hawaii. Sanders said he expects many out of town visitors will arrive in the Valley a week earlier so they can catch the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl games.
The Pro Bowl will be broadcast nationally on Cable TV. The NFL said the Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii in 2016.
Updated 4:50 p.m. on 4/9/2014.