The NFL announced on Wednesday afternoon that the city of Munich will host the first-ever regular-season game to be played in Germany during the 2022 season.
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In addition, Germany will host three more International Series games with two of them being in Frankfurt and another one in soccer team Bayern Munich stadium Allianz Arena. The first game in Munich is also a part of the five international NFL games scheduled for 2022 with one in Mexico and three in the United Kingdom.
“We are very pleased to welcome Munich and Frankfurt to the NFL family and are excited to reward our fans in Germany for their passion by bringing them the spectacle of regular-season NFL football,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We look forward to staging our first game in Germany at FC Bayern Munich’s fantastic stadium later this year and to exploring areas of broader collaboration with the Bundesliga.”
Germany has an estimated 19 million NFL fans and weekly viewership in the league’s partners ProSieben and DAZN has grown by more than 20 percent annually since 2017. Last year’s Super Bowl marked the third consecutive season of Super Bowl viewership record in the European country.
According to a survey from AFG Videoforschung, one in three people watched an NFL game in the past year for the second-most popular television sport in Germany.