The San Francisco 49ers will face the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL’s replay to Mexico, on November 21 at Azteca Stadium.
“After a forced hiatus of two years, we are very excited to be back at the Azteca Stadium with a regular game of the season, as we are sure the fans will accompany us to once again enjoy the experience that the Azteca game represents,” said Arturo Oliva, NFL Mexico Manager, Arturo Olivier. .
This will be the second time Arizona and San Francisco have collided with the Santa Ursula building. Both teams were the star players of the first NFL regular season game to be played outside the United States.
A total of 103,467 fans, the eighth-largest attendance in league history, watched that game on October 2, 2005, which the Cardinals won 31-14.
Mexico City has also hosted games in the 2016, 2017 and 2019 seasons. A game scheduled for 2018 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams has been canceled due to poor turf conditions in the Azteca.
Mexican organizers have a signed agreement to hold another regular season match in 2023.
Mexico is the country outside the United States with the largest number of NFL fans. According to the latest study by the association, released by Olivé, about 48 million fans follow this sport in the country.
The NFL also announced yesterday that the first game of the regular season in Germany will be faced by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks. They will play at FC Bayern Munich. The match will be at the Allianz Arena. Frankfurt will also host a match over the next four years.
Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady could become the first quarterback to start in three foreign countries. He won two games with the New England Patriots in London and Mexico City.
The London fixture schedule was also announced, with Green Bay becoming the last league team to play in Europe. The Packers will face the New York Giants on October 9 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. They would do so a week after the Minnesota Vikings faced the New Orleans Saints at the same stage.
The other game will take place in the English capital at Wembley on October 30, where the Denver Broncos meet the Jacksonville Jaguars.