international games for 2023

NFL announces international games for 2023; Kansas City’s first since 2019

NFL announces international games

The Kansas City Chiefs will play in Germany in 2023 – one of a series of international games announced Friday.

For the Chiefs, it’ll mark their first game in Germany in franchise history. It’ll also be their first international game since a match in Mexico in 2019.

The New England Patriots (Germany), Buffalo Bills (UK), Jacksonville Jaguars (UK) and Tennessee Titans (UK) will also play international games next year.

“We are incredibly excited to put the Kansas City Chiefs and all of Chiefs Kingdom on the international stage with a Germany game in 2023,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “We’ve aggressively pursued this opportunity because we know how passionate German fans are about NFL football and we’re committed to the international growth of the game as well as our brand. We think we’ll be able to provide the right mix of opportunities for our existing Season Ticket Members and domestic fans while also creating unique experiences that will make this memorable for German fans as well.”

Patriots CEO Robert Kraft said the Patriots embraced the opportunity to play in Germany, saying they have a strong fan base in the country.

“We are thrilled to be selected to play in Germany this year,” Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said. “We are undefeated in our three previous international games, thanks in part to the outstanding support from our fans. We know that some of our most passionate fans reside in Germany, and we look forward to finally playing a game there. We know the fans will create an amazing atmosphere. We are sure it will be a memorable experience and one of the highlights of the 2023 season.”

NFL officials said growing professional football on an international stage remains a “strategic priority.”

“And we are excited to again be playing five games outside of the United States in 2023,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business, Major Events & International. “We know how important live regular season games are to our passionate global fans and we thank our clubs for their strong, long-term commitment to this important initiative. Interest in our game globally is at an all-time high, and we look forward to returning to the UK and Germany in 2023 with some of the most iconic clubs and stars in the NFL.”

The First International NFL Game

The NFL played its first international game in 1950, when the New York Giants faced the Ottawa Rough Riders in Ottawa, Canada. The game was played on August 12, and the Giants won 20-6. This game marked the beginning of the NFL’s efforts to expand its fan base beyond the United States.

The NFL Goes to London

The first NFL game played in London took place in 1983 when the Minnesota Vikings and the St. Louis Cardinals faced off in a preseason game at Wembley Stadium. The game was a huge success, drawing a crowd of over 30,000 fans. In 1986, the Chicago Bears played the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley, which was the first regular-season NFL game played outside of North America. This game marked a major milestone in the history of NFL international games and laid the foundation for future international games.

The NFL Returns to London

In 2007, the NFL returned to London with a regular-season game between the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins. The game was played at Wembley Stadium and drew a crowd of over 80,000 fans. The success of this game led to the NFL scheduling regular-season games in London every year.

Expansion to Other Countries

In addition to playing games in London, the NFL has also expanded its reach to other countries around the world. In 2016, the NFL played its first game in Mexico City, with the Oakland Raiders hosting the Houston Texans. The game drew a crowd of over 76,000 fans and was a major success. The NFL has also played games in Canada, Japan, and Australia.