The Philadelphia Eagles have been chosen to play the NFL’s first regular-season game in Brazil on September 6.
The historic game will occur in Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena, a venue that echoed the cries of football fans during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell emphasized the importance of this international milestone, saying, “This landmark first international game in South America demonstrates the ongoing expansion of our global footprint.” The game’s schedule on a Friday night in week one adds a unique twist, highlighting the league’s commitment to international expansion.
For the Eagles, this is more than just a game; it is an opportunity to be a part of a watershed moment in NFL history. Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles’ chairman and CEO, expressed his team’s delight, saying, “We are honored to be a part of the NFL’s South America debut.” He emphasized the need to globalize the sport and stated a desire to engage with Brazil’s 38 million sports aficionados.
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Sao Paulo Mayor Ricardo Nunes praised the decision, viewing it as a tribute to the city’s capacity to host. “The league’s decision… is a true testament to their confidence in our work as a host city,” Nunes said, emphasizing Sao Paulo’s importance as a worldwide sports hub.
Is this the start of a new era in which Friday nights in São Paulo become associated with NFL excitement?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated, “Playing on Friday night of Week One is a unique way to highlight our international growth and ambitions.”