The NFL is working via the opportunity of taking part in two video games in Germany subsequent season, with no video games scheduled in Mexico on account of stadium renovations, NFL government vp of membership enterprise and league occasions Peter O’Reilly stated Wednesday. Here’s what it is advisable to know:
- The NFL introduced 5 worldwide video games in May for the 2022 season, together with three video games in London, one recreation in Germany and one in Mexico.
- NFL groups performed their first-ever regular-season recreation in Munich, Germany at Allianz Arena, house of FC Bayern, on Nov. 13.
- Quarterback Tom Brady and the Buccaneers beat the Seahawks 21-16 in that game, with Brady calling it “one of the great football experiences” of his profession.
The league stated there have been 3 million requests for tickets for the 70,000-seat stadium for this yr’s recreation in Germany, a testomony to the rabid following there. While a lot of the league’s worldwide efforts have centered on London lately, the NFL has maintained a relationship with Germany for many years.
In the Nineteen Seventies, the league had plans for an Intercontinental Football League, together with groups in Munich and West Berlin. The IFL was by no means greater than a proposal, however they introduced a 1976 summer time exhibition between Texas A&I and Henderson State from Berlin’s Olympiastadion, which was constructed for the 1936 Olympics.
The first NFL preseason recreation in Berlin featured the Chiefs and Rams at a historic time within the metropolis’s historical past, lower than a yr after the autumn of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. Read extra concerning the historical past of the NFL in Germany here.
Should NFL followers anticipate much more video games in Germany?
The NFL has an settlement to play 4 video games in Germany over 4 years, so as soon as a season on common. Clearly, given the exceptional reception the primary recreation obtained, it ought to come as no shock the league desires extra. But as simple as that sounds, it’s not. A supply near the NFL stated the league is having hassle scheduling a second recreation across the Bundesliga, the German soccer league that’s house to the stadiums the NFL desires to play in. It might shock Americans used to their stadiums internet hosting all method of occasions, however soccer stadiums in Germany are largely for soccer. Last month’s NFL recreation within the Munich stadium was the primary non-soccer occasion in its historical past. The German stadiums are akin to soccer palaces, so pushing extra American soccer past the restricted quantity already agreed to is hard. But it’s the NFL, and Germans seem to like pigskin. So right here’s guessing it will get accomplished. – Kaplan
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