The NFL has confirmed that the first game of the regular season will take place on Friday, September 6th. The event will be held at the Neo Química Arena in São Paulo, as announced in December.
The teams eligible to play in Brazil are the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Commanders, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, or Carolina Panthers, and the decision is expected to be announced in the second quarter. The announcement of the Philadelphia Eagles as the home team and the date of the game was made by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
This will be the first time an international game outside the United States takes place in the first week of the season, and on a Friday, which is uncommon for the league. Goodell stated, “This historic first international game in South America demonstrates the continued expansion of our global presence.
Playing on Friday night of Week 1 is a unique way to showcase our international growth and ambitions.” Jalen Hurts is the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, who are the home team for the NFL game in Brazil (Photo: Kiel Leggene/Philadelphia Eagles).
The president and CEO of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jefferey Lurie, commented, “The Philadelphia Eagles are honored to be selected for the first NFL game in South America. As the global growth of our sport is a priority for our league, we embrace the opportunity to expand our fan base around the world and bring the Eagles’ identity to the 38 million sports fans in Brazil.
As one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world, Brazil is a true international melting pot, and we want to experience its warm, vibrant, and welcoming environment this year.”