GGood news for football fans across Europe: As the National Football League (NFL) announced this Tuesday, the best football league in the world intends to host one of its season matches in Germany in the coming years. According to information from the FAZ, the date of the fall of 2022 is off the table, internally, the NFL is currently planning September or October 2023. Brett Gosper, European head of the NFL, had already talked a lot about the project in an interview with the FAZ a few weeks ago.
The NFL now named Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf as possible cities for a so-called “regular season game”, that is, a regular season match and not a preparatory match. In further negotiations before the end of the year, it should be determined which of the three German cities will get the contract for the big event.
Maturity up to five years
All three cities are participating in the race with their respective football stadiums, Frankfurt with Deutsche Bank Park and a total capacity of 51,500, Düsseldorf with the Merkur Spiel-Arena, which holds 54,600 spectators, and Munich with the Allianz Arena. FC Bayern Munich can welcome 75,000 spectators. According to information from the FAZ, the Munich Olympic Stadium was initially also interested, but then refrained from applying.
The NFL, which has hosted regular season matches in the UK since 2007 and has also been a guest in Mexico, expects that a match in Germany will strengthen its ties with the German football fan community and thus also increase viewership and sales figures in fan article trade in the long run. The collaboration with a German city as a venue for one of the 17 games that an NFL team only has per. season, is therefore designed to last several years. According to reports, a period of four to five years is under discussion.
“Not only do we want to find a stadium that is fully capable of handling the logistics of an NFL game, we also want to work with a host consortium that includes local and regional authorities, stadium owners, local stakeholders and potential promotional partners. . ” explained the NFL now and also reaffirmed the desire for a “long-term partnership.”
Last weekend the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons met at the stadium of the English football club Tottenham Hotspur, next weekend the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins meet at the same place in London (Sunday at 15.30 at ProSieben). The only active German player in the NFL is Jakob Johnson from Stuttgart with the New England Patriots. In addition, David Bada (Washington Football Team) and Aaron Donkor (Seattle Seahawks) coach in the North American Professional League.