The National Football League’s pro football playground is in town for one more day.
In conjunction with Sunday’s Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, the Pro Bowl Experience wraps up today at ESPN Wide World of Sports, offering fans a level of exposure not normally available in NFL stadiums on Sunday game days.
The NFC and AFC squads held their practices Wednesday through Friday at the event in the morning, then were part of fun events for fans to watch, like a dodgeball game Wednesday that the NFC won.
During the course of the Experience, Pro Bowl players competed in the Pro Bowl Skills Challenge, which aired Thursday night on ESPN.
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., football fans of all teams — imagine an event where Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles fans all get along — including kids and adults who look to act and play like kids can also test their own football skills in an interactive fan zone.
Separate stations allow fans to check out their 40-yard run times, run up against a virtual player, and vertical jump heights, throw footballs at targets, catch footballs from all angles, kick footballs at a Tic-Tac-Toe board situated between a send of goalposts, run football-inspired obstacle courses, and play pick-up flag or touch football games on adjacent fields.
The official Pro Bowl trophy is on display for fans to get a picture with (but it’s encased in glass, so you can’t fingerprint it up).
Best of all, it’s free to attend. Wide World of Sports parking is also free. (Just be sure to register at the blue kiosk at the front of the practice fields in order to get the most out of the experience.)
Many of the league’s favorite and prominent mascots, like the Jaguars’ Jaxson De Ville, have made appearances, as well as members of many teams’ cheerleading squads.
It’s Disney, so of course there’s concessions, and a myriad of Pro Bowl-inspired gear like replica game jerseys, hats and other apparel, pins and the like are for sale.
Footballs? Yes, you can buy a football. You can even customize the look of that ball at one of the fan stations.
Those who decide to attend the game on a whim or last-minute basis can get Pro Bowl tickets on site at the Experience as well.