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December 19th, 2023
On Wednesday afternoon, the NFL announced that São Paulo, Brazil will host an NFL game in 2024, the first international NFL matchup to be held in South America.
Set for kickoff at Arena Corinthians, the Brazil contest will mark one of five regular-season games played internationally in 2024. London will host three games — two at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and one at Wembley Stadium — while Germany will welcome the NFL to Allianz Arena in Munich for a second straight year.
Madrid, Spain was also in the running as an international host in 2024, but as Peter O'Reilly, NFL executive vice president of club business, international and league events, told NFL.com, the opportunity to play in a new continent for the first time helped Brazil get the nod. Madrid could host a game as early as 2025.
The teams who will play in Brazil, as well as London and Germany, will be announced in early 2024. With Brazil counting 38 million NFL fans, the country made sense as the next stop for the league's international series. São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro were the two cities in Brazil up for consideration as NFL host sites. Let's get to know Arena Corinthians a bit closer ahead of the NFL São Paulo game in 2024.
Home of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, commonly referred to as Corinthians, the venue is also called Neo Quimica Arena for sponsorship reasons and is the 11th largest stadium in Brazil and fifth-largest used by soccer teams in the top tier of the Brazilian League.
Touchdown, Brasil. 🇧🇷🏈São Paulo Game 2024 ✅ pic.twitter.com/KOQn4klpQL— NFL Brasil (@NFLBrasil) December 13, 2023
Touchdown, Brasil. 🇧🇷🏈São Paulo Game 2024 ✅ pic.twitter.com/KOQn4klpQL
In 2014, Arena Corinthians hosted the opening ceremony and six FIFA World Cup matches, including the opening match between Brazil and Croatia. Called Arena de São Paulo for the World Cup, the stadium added temporary seating, as FIFA requested at least 65,000 seats for the opening match. Arena Corinthians' normal capacity is about 49,000 people — slightly less than the capacity for the NFL Frankfurt games played this season.
In 2016, the Summer Olympics came to Arena Corinthians for both the men's and women's soccer tournaments. Among the matches played were the women's quarterfinal, plus the bronze medal match between Brazil and Canada, along with the men's quarterfinal between Brazil and Colombia, and the men's semifinal between Nigeria and Germany.
If you're an NFL fan, like YouBet is, looking for an excuse to travel abroad to watch American football, you can register for the chance to purchase tickets for the NFL São Paulo game HERE. Check back later in 2024 for more information on dates and kickoff times for the matchup in Brazil.
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