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LONDON – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play in the NFL’s first regular season game in Germany this year, and the Green Bay Packers travel abroad for the first time.
The league said on Monday that the Bucs will host the opening match in Munich next season, although their opponents and the date of the match have not yet been announced.
“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,” Buccaneer owner and co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement.
The Packers and New Orleans Saints are the designated home teams for two games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, while the Jacksonville Jaguars host a game at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars are regulars from London, having come every year since 2013 – except in 2020, when international games were canceled due to the pandemic.
The Arizona Cardinals will play at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
The Packers are the only franchise among the NFL’s 32 teams that have not played a regular season game in London since the international series started in 2007. But with the expanded NFL program of 17 regular season games, all NFC teams provide an extra home game next season will The Packers finally play at a neutral international venue.
“The Green Bay Packers are excited to make our international debut during the 2022 season,” said Packers President Mark Murphy. “Our fans in the UK and elsewhere in Europe have been anxiously awaiting an opportunity to see the Packers play in their backyard, and we know many of our fans in the US will be traveling to London.”
The expansion to Germany will also see the NFL stage an extra game in Munich and two in Frankfurt over the next four seasons.