In a groundbreaking move, the National Football League (NFL) is set to host its first-ever regular season game in South America, with São Paulo, Brazil, chosen as the host city for this historic event in 2024. As part of the league's commitment to global expansion, the NFL will bring its unique brand of football to the Corinthians Arena, the home ground of Brazilian soccer team SC Corinthians, located in the vibrant city of São Paulo.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell unveiled this exciting development at the December League Meeting in Dallas, emphasizing the league's strategic focus on growing the game internationally. São Paulo, with its passionate and growing fan base, presents an excellent opportunity for the NFL to engage with the Brazilian audience.
The Corinthians Arena, known for hosting major international events like the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, will serve as the stage for this historic NFL game. The choice of São Paulo adds South America to the list of continents where the NFL has hosted games, marking a significant milestone for the league.
"Bringing the NFL to new continents, countries, and cities around the world is a critical element of our plan to continue to grow the game globally," stated Commissioner Goodell. "Brazil has established itself as a key market for the NFL, and we are excited to be playing in Brazil and São Paulo for the first time in 2024."
The NFL's international schedule for 2024 includes a total of five regular season games played outside the United States. Alongside the historic game in São Paulo, three games are slated for London, with two at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and a Jacksonville Jaguars home game at Wembley Stadium. The fifth game marks the NFL's return to Germany, scheduled to take place at Allianz Arena in Munich for the third consecutive year.
Brazil stands out as a crucial market for the NFL, boasting over 38 million fans of the game, with 8.3 million identified as avid fans — making it the second-largest international fan base after Mexico.
Ricardo Nunes, the Mayor of São Paulo, joined Commissioner Goodell in Dallas for the announcement, highlighting the significance of hosting an NFL regular season game in the city. "Through our hard work, we will now be able to welcome the NFL to our city, hosting this historic game that will have a positive impact on tourism, employment, and the city's economy," said Mayor Nunes.
Gustavo Pires, President of São Paulo Turismo, expressed confidence in São Paulo's ability to host major global events and welcomed the NFL's decision. "The NFL's decision to play in Brazil is a statement of confidence that will contribute to further strengthening São Paulo's image as a location for major global events, and we look forward to hosting a successful NFL International Game in 2024."
Details regarding the designated teams for the 2024 São Paulo game and the complete schedule, including matchups and kickoff times, will be announced in early 2024.
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