The NFL is expanding even further. After having played games in Europe and Mexico, the league is now set to play its first-ever NFL regular season game in South America, with Brazil serving as the host for the 2024 game.
Brazil is the second largest international NFL fanbase after Mexico.
The game will take place at the Corinthians Arena in the city of São Paulo. The stadium was an official venue for both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Details of the teams who will play in the game will be announced in early 2024, and details on the date and kickoff times will be confirmed when the full 2024 NFL schedule is announced.
“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,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “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.”
The NFL is set to play five international games next year, with the league having the possibility to schedule up to eight beginning in 2025.
Ricardo Nunes, the mayor of São Paulo, said. “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.” He also looked forward to what this will mean for the city, adding. “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.”