The 26th Arena Bowl will be played in Orlando on Saturday August 17. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was on hand when the announcement was made by Arena Football League CEO Jerry Kurz.
"What better place to be than Orlando," said Kurz. "There is no doubt in my mind, there is no doubt in any owner's mind across the league, that this is the place we need to be."
The league plans to turn the Arena Bowl into a showcase event, since there will be a national television audience this year on CBS. They also will have a Friday night concert before the game with KISS as the top act. Mayor Dyer and the Arena League are hoping to draw around 7,000 out of town fans.
"We know a lot of people are going to travel to Orlando, and this will be a great event, but also it's going to be great exposure for the city," Dyer said.
The city is estimating an economic impact of $15 million to $20 million. That's a small percentage of what the NBA All-Star game brought, but it comes at a much smaller price. The city did not have to invest any tax dollars in bringing the game here. All Orlando Predators season ticket holders will also get a ticket to the game, likely ensuring a full house.