Pro Bowl 2012, NFL Football in Hawaii?

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If you’re wondering if we have professional football in Hawaii, the answer is no – and yes. While there are no NFL teams who call Hawaii home, those of us who live here love NFL Football and are fortunate that the Pro Bowl has been played here 31 times in the last 32 years. (For you trivia buffs, in 2010, the game was played in Miami). This year’s game will be played on Sunday, January 29th at Aloha Stadium (one week before the Super Bowl) and is scheduled to kickoff at 2:00 PM (HST) -- 7:00 PM (EST) for those not familiar with what time HST is exactly. And while Aloha Stadium may not be as plush or modern as Sports Authority Field in Denver, or the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, I guarantee you that it will be at least 60 degrees warmer than Lambeau Field. And besides, how often do you have a chance to say you watched some of the NFL’s top players in Hawaii? Imagine seeing Tim Tebow "Tebowing" at Aloha Stadium – something that just might happen as he is an alternate and could play if one of the AFC’s quarterbacks can’t make it. Here are some helpful hints if you’re interested in going to this year’s game:

  • • Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com
  • • Official gate opening times have yet to be announced, but parking gates have typically opened at 9:30 AM, and turnstile gates open at 11:00 AM. Be sure to check the Aloha Stadium website for updates.
  • • Get there early to avoid traffic. Check with your hotel to see if there is a shuttle available to Aloha Stadium, or click here for directions from Waikiki:
  • • Join the crowd and tailgate in the parking lot before the game. While outside food and beverages are prohibited inside Aloha Stadium, you can bring all you want to your tailgate party. In Waikiki, stop by Food Pantry Waikiki – Waikiki’s Original Supermarket or Coco Cove at the Center of Waikiki. If you prefer stopping closer to the Stadium, join the locals (and me) at the Stadium Sack N Save, a local supermarket where you’ll find everything from chips, drinks, and fried chicken to Hawaii favorites like poke and musubi.
  • • To be sure to play by the rules, check out Aloha Stadium's Tailgate policy.
  • • Don’t forget your sunscreen and be sure to reapply. While Hawaii's warm tropical weather averages in the high 70's, it can be both sunny and rainy (sometimes at the same time), so be prepared for both!
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