Germany got here out huge for the NFL’s first regular-season recreation within the nation, between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks, at Allianz Area in Munich on Sunday.
Within the fourth quarter, because the Buccaneers had been trying to shut out the 21-16 win over the Seahawks, followers belted out John Denver’s “Take Me Dwelling, Nation Roads” and it rang out all through the stadium. The melody would give anybody, soccer fan or not, goosebumps.
The karaoke efficiency from German followers underscored the unimaginable time the NFL appeared to have abroad.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned Wednesday the league is trying to play no less than three extra video games within the nation over the following three seasons. Munich will host another and Frankfurt will host two.
“In our dedication, we will play the following 4 years, no less than, and with no less than 4 video games,” Goodell mentioned. “I wouldn’t be shocked if it expanded past that at some point.”
Düsseldorf has additionally been on the shortlist of potential websites for video games in Germany.
“What the commissioner and we’re feeling is the joy from our groups to play right here, particularly these golf equipment which have the worldwide dwelling advertising space rights to Germany,” mentioned Peter O’Reilly, the NFL government vp of membership enterprise and league occasions.
It’s unclear who will play subsequent season in Germany. The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers have worldwide dwelling advertising rights in Germany. The Patriots and Chiefs might each be featured.
“We each need to be there and we each see the chance, so we’ll current our greatest instances to be there, and the league will decide,” Chiefs president Mark Donovan informed The Related Press.
The Related Press contributed to this report.