The National Football League (NFL) has recently made the announcement that it will be taking its games to Spain in 2025. The highlight of the season will be a regular game played at the renowned Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the home ground of Real Madrid. The announcement was made in Las Vegas, on the sidelines of the Super Bowl. The move has sparked excitement among fans and marks a significant milestone for the NFL, as it continues to expand its reach internationally.
Madrid is the latest addition to the list of European cities hosting NFL games. Previously, the league has played games in London, Munich and Frankfurt am Main. However, the teams that will have the privilege of competing on Madrid’s turf have not been disclosed yet. The anticipation continues to build as fans wait for further details on this exciting development.
NFL Vice President Peter O’Reilly expressed his enthusiasm for this venture. Although he did not provide specific details about the duration of the contract with the city, he stated, “We feel a long-term commitment to Madrid as a location”. This reflects the league’s intention to establish a strong presence in the city and bring the thrill of American football to Spanish audiences.
Real President Florentino Perez also shared his thoughts on this development. He described it as a “big event in sporting history”. This sentiment is shared by many, as the NFL’s expansion efforts aim to bring American football to a more global audience. Starting from the 2025 season, the league has plans to play up to eight games outside the United States each season, showcasing the sport’s appeal and popularity beyond American borders.