April 14, 2024

NFL International: What To Expect From The NFL Games In Mexico And Germany?

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The NFL is all set for a triumphant return to Mexico in 2022. Since 2016, the National Football League has tried to have at least one game per season in Mexico. However, in 2018 it could not be carried out thanks to the poor conditions of the pitch. Teams like the Raiders, Texans, Patriots, Chiefs and Chargers have played on the Azteca Stadium field. However, the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 cut short the NFL’s plans. In the 2020 and 2021 seasons, no games were held in Mexican territory. After two years of absence, this 2022 the NFL will take place in Mexico. The Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers will play the game. On top of that, the NFL is going to play its first game in Germany as well. At their debut in 2022 in Munich’s Allianz Arena, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and megastar Tom Brady will meet the Seattle Seahawks on November 13th. Let’s find out more about it.

NFL In Mexico And Germany: All You Need To Know

When will the NFL Mexico game take place?

The San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals clash will be on Monday, November 21, 2022, being in week 11 of the NFL calendar. These two teams have already played at the Azteca Stadium. It was in 2005 and that historic game was one of the first regular season games held outside the United States. On that occasion, the Cardinals took the victory by a score of 31-14.

How to get tickets for the NFL in Mexico?

A great demand for tickets to see the NFL in Mexico in 2022 is expected. The Azteca Stadium will have a capacity of approximately 87,000 fans to receive this game. Tickets will go on sale just over three months before the event. The initial ticket sales will be through the Ticketmaster platform. In addition, Banorte users will have access to a special presale that will start on August 16. The sale to the general public will be until Thursday, August 18.

Regarding prices, they will not vary much from the latest NFL games in our country. The NFL in Mexico 2022 will have a price ranging between 990 and 5,520 pesos (50 – 275 USD). Hospitality tickets can also be purchased, which cost about 9,000 pesos (around 450 USD). These include additional benefits such as food and drinks and an exclusive room where there will be activities before and after the match.

What is the future of the NFL in Mexico?

While the NFL in Mexico 2022 is a long-awaited return, it could also be a farewell. The choice of the Azteca Stadium as one of the venues for the 2026 Soccer World Cup requires remodeling. Given this, it will not be possible to hold events in the so-called Coloso de Santa Ursula until 2024. In fact, teams like America and Cruz Azul will go to the Ciudad de Los Deportes stadium in January 2023.

Due to the capacity of stadiums, there are really few properties that can host an NFL game in Mexico. The Azteca Stadium authorities have already taken this possibility into account so that at least in 2023, there would be no match in Mexico. Although there are modern stadiums that are up to the task, such as the BBVA in Monterrey, or the Akron in Guadalajara, there are two problems with both buildings. The first is capacity, as the NFL requires at least a capacity of 60,000 fans for an international game. Neither of these two complexes has it. In addition, the size of the locker rooms also does not meet the requirements of the league.

The most latent possibility is that there will be no NFL in Mexico in 2023. In addition, the game of the 2024 season would be subject to the progress of the remodeling of the stadium. The current NFL contract with the Azteca Stadium expires in 2022. For this reason, it would be easier to pause it for a year and then make another contract starting in 2024. However, the presence of the NFL in Europe is posing a big challenge to Mexico. That has left Mexico with a big challenge to convince the NFL to return to hosting a game at the Azteca. The advantage is that Mexico is the biggest market for the NFL outside of the United States.

When will the first NFL game take place in Germany?

The Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Buccaneers will duel in Munich on November 13th. The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. German time.

How to get tickets for the NFL game in Munich?

If you want to get one of the coveted tickets for the German premiere of the NFL, you can register with the NFL.

On Tuesday, June 14, 10 a.m. German time, the premium packages went on sale – and despite prices starting at 449 euros, they were completely sold out within a few minutes. According to the ticket platform, there were around 100,000 fans in the queue at times, most of them left empty-handed.

Individual tickets between 75 and 155 euros go on sale much later. On Tuesday, July 19, 10 a.m. German time, fans can secure their tickets for the spectacle.

However, a good deal of luck will probably be necessary to actually be able to be there in the stadium: 400,000 fans expressed their interest in the game in the Allianz Arena, which offers space for around 75,000 spectators at FC Bayern games.

Where will the first NFL game take place in Germany?

At the German premiere, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Seattle Seahawks match will kick off in the Allianz Arena, home of FC Bayern Munich in the north of the Bavarian capital.

NFL Germany boss Alexander Steinforth spoke of an “absolute lighthouse event. We hope and believe that this game will create so much excitement and raise the status of the NFL in Germany to a new level.”

Bavaria’s Marketing Director Andreas Jung emphasized that the Allianz Arena offers “one of the best atmospheres in sport. The NFL game will be our first non-football event – and a milestone.”

Which teams are playing in Munich?

With the comeback of Tom Brady from retirement, the game became more attractive – the best quarterback in history is coming to Germany.

His Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been a team for Munich since February. With their large fan base in Germany, the Seattle Seahawks are now the logical choice as opponents.

The Seahawks are very popular in Germany as well. They also currently have spectacular stars in receiver duo DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

When will the first NFL game take place in Germany?

In addition to announcing the Seahawks as opponents, the NFL also set the date for the premiere in Germany.

Seattle and Tampa will duel in Munich on November 13th. The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. German time.

In addition, the NFL is returning to Mexico for a game for the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic: four games had already taken place in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca from 2016 to 2019.

The Arizona Cardinals, who played the NFL’s first regular-season game outside of the United States there in 2005, are there again and meet the San Francisco 49ers. All these international games are definitely going to have an interesting impact on the value football parlays.

What is the further plan for NFL games in Germany?

One game in Germany is planned for each of the 2022 to 2025 seasons. After the premiere in Munich, there will be another game there, and two guest appearances in Frankfurt are also planned.

Which city will be the host in which year has not yet been finally decided.

“We haven’t fixed the years after that yet, so we’re going to focus on 2022 first,” said Managing Director Steinforth at the DPA: “Over the course of the year and when the game is played, we will of course talk to Munich and Frankfurt and look closely, as it suits best.”

With four teams considered to be favorites for home games in Germany and the annually changing number of home games between AFC and NFC teams, there is a lot to be said for a Panthers game in 2024 given the premiere involving the Bucs.

The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs would split Germany games in 2023 and 2025 when they return to nine home games as AFC teams. The NFL is a wildly popular league in America, the most popular and financially successful as a matter of fact. However, it still falls short in international appeal when compared to the NBA. Over the years, the NFL has tried many things to increase the popularity of the sport globally. Perhaps the holding of games at different international venues will end up being the shot in the arm that the NFL needs to become a globally popular sport. 

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