The NFL Pro Bowl is making its Hawaii return this return this weekend.
The Stadium was in the news late in 2015 when the United States women’s soccer team cancelled a game after the venue after raising concerns about the state of the field. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the field had passed league inspections, adding:
As in all NFL venues, grooming and maintenance will continue under the supervision of an NFL groundsperson until after the game. This is standard procedure and consistent with all venues utilized, including the Hall of Fame game and the International Series.
Dan Follett, the Baltimore Ravens head groundskeeper and senior director of fields and grounds is expected to oversee the state of the field for the Pro Bowl.
Of course, the tradition of playing the Pro Bowl in Hawaii is a long-standing one. Prior to last year’s game in Phoenix, Alohoa Stadium had hosted the annual event beginning in 1979. The only exception came in 2009 when the Pro Bowl was held at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
In the earliest Pro Bowl years, the game was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Aloha Stadium is Hawaii’s largest outdoor arena and is also home to the University of Hawaii football team.
The Pro Bowl kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 31 and is being broadcast on ESPN.