NFL International Series seeks host city in Germany for future games

NFL International Series seeks host city in Germany for future games
Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars roar cheerleaders perform during an NFL International Series game against the Houston Texans at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL International Series has already broadened its horizons into the UK by playing games annually in London, and as part of this expansive initiative, it appears Germany will be the next hosting nation.

Albert Breer of The MMQB reported Wednesday that the league is officially seeking a Germany city to expand its International Series, citing the country’s growing Super Bowl audience and overall gridiron fandom over the past few years:

NFL viewership has increased more than 20% each year since 2017, according to the league’s press release.

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Excellent venues for NFL International Series in Germany

Excellent venues for NFL International Series in Germany
May 19, 2012; Munich, GERMANY; Chelsea players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final at Allianz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Gunn-USA TODAY Sports

There’s no indication as to which cities the NFL International Series is targeting as potential hosts, but you’d have to believe Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund and Allianz Arena in Munich are at or near the top of commissioner Roger Goodell’s wish list.

Signal Iduna Park is the largest football stadium in Germany and is host to Bundesliga stalwart Borussia Dortmund.

Another electrifying atmosphere would be Allianz Arena, home of Bundesliga powerhouse and 2020 UEFA Champions League trophy winners Bayern Munich. Although the venue’s 75,000-seat capacity trails that of Dortmund’s home (81,365), it’s more than adequate to house the NFL.

The NFL International Series has also ventured into Mexico and Canada in addition to overseas, but setting up another opportunity in Europe would be a big win in growing the league’s global appeal, which is already on the rise in Germany as it is.

It’d be wild to see an NFL game in Germany as soon as next season in 2022, but that’s the aim if all goes according to plan.