The Bucs will play in Germany, the Packers in London this year


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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the NFL’s first regular season game in Germany this year and the Green Bay Packers are traveling overseas for the first time.

The league said on Monday that the Bucs will host the inaugural match in Munich next season, although their opponents and date of the match have yet to be announced.

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“This historic game will play a crucial role in the NFL’s efforts to grow its international footprint while allowing us to directly engage NFL fans in Germany,” Buccaneers owner and co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement. communicated.

The Packers and New Orleans Saints are the designated home teams for two games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, while the Jacksonville Jaguars will host one game at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars are regulars in London, having come every year since 2013 – except in 2020, when the international games were canceled due to the pandemic.

The Arizona Cardinals will play one game at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The Packers are the only franchise among the NFL’s 32 teams to not have played a regular season game in London since the International Series began in 2007. But with the NFL’s expanded schedule of 17 regular season games, giving all NFC teams an extra home game next season, the Packers will finally play at a neutral international venue.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) stiff arms New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry (24) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game on Monday, November 22, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
(AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

“With the league moving to the 17-game season, we knew that was a possibility, and we’re really excited about it,” Packers president Mark Murphy said.

“For years I’ve been talking to people in London and Europe, we’ve got so many great fans all over Europe and around the world, that I think it’s really exciting for them to be able to see the Packers play. in London. I know our fans here in the United States, obviously here in Green Bay as well, are going to be thrilled to be able to travel to see the Packers play in London.”

Murphy said one of the downsides of the trip to London is the loss of a potential home game and what that means for Green Bay’s economy. Murphy said “we’re going to try to have as many major events as possible to offset that” and noted the possibility that Green Bay could host the 2024 draft.

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Murphy says Green Bay is one of three finalists in the 2024 draft along with Detroit and Washington, DC Murphy said he expects the NFL to announce a decision at league meetings in late March.

The expansion into Germany will also see the NFL stage an additional game in Munich and two in Frankfurt over the next four seasons.


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