The NFL declares historic occurrence of inaugural regular season match to be held in South America.

The NFL plans to hold a regular season game in Brazil in 2024, marking the league’s expansion into South America as part of its growing international strategy.

According to the league’s announcement at the owners meetings in Dallas, the game will take place at Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, Brazil. The stadium, which hosted matches during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, has a capacity of nearly 50,000.

This year, the NFL played its first two regular season games in Frankfurt, Germany, and has scheduled three more in London. In 2024, there will be a total of five games, including those in Germany, Brazil, and three in London.

“Expanding the NFL to new continents, countries, and cities around the world is a crucial part of our global growth plan,” stated Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The participating teams for the inaugural game in Brazil have yet to be announced. Two years ago, at the December owners meetings, the league assigned certain countries home marketing rights as a strategy for international fan development. Currently, the Miami Dolphins are the only team with such rights in Brazil.

In October, Goodell mentioned the possibility of adding another international location “as early as next year.” The league sent officials to scout possible locations in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Madrid earlier this year.

Spain has two potential venues under consideration: Atlético Madrid’s Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano with a capacity of 70,460 and natural grass, and Real Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabéu with a capacity of 83,168, hybrid grass, and a retractable field.

The Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins hold the home marketing rights in Spain.

The NFL has also discussed the idea of hosting a Super Bowl internationally. During this season’s International Series in London, Goodell stated that it is not impossible and has been previously considered.

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