NFL heads to Sao Paolo to make history in 2024

By Joshua Stewart

Twitter: @JoshStewart47

The National Football League has announced that it will host a regular season game in South America for the first time ever.

The announcement came in a statement at the 2023 December League Meeting from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The game will take place at the Corinthians Arena in Brazil, home to SC Corinthians adn also a venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

The announcement means that when the game takes place, it will signify the fifth continent that an NFL game has taken place in.

Goodell, who has expanded the international games quota before in his tenure as commissioner, said:

“Bringing the NFL to new continents, countries and cities around the world is a critical element of our plan to continue to grow the game globally.

“Brazil has established itself as a key market for the NFL, and we are excited to be playing in Brazil and São Paulo for the first time in 2024. We look forward to working with the city of São Paulo, SP Turis and Corinthians Arena to deliver a world-class game day experience for this passionate and growing fan base.”

Ricardo Nunes, the mayor of São Paulo, joined Commissioner Goodell in Dallas for the announcement and followed Goodell’s announcement with one of his own.

“The National Football League’s decision to bring a regular season game to São Paulo is significant and exciting for the city, consolidating São Paulo and Brazil at the center of the global sporting stage.

“Through our hard work, we will now be able to welcome the NFL to our city, hosting this historic game that will have a positive impact on tourism, employment and the city’s economy.”

The teams chosen to participate in the fixture will be announced in 2024. the fixture will join three London games and one game in Germany as the NFL international fixtures for next season.