LAS VEGAS — The NFL's upcoming season will kick off with the Philadelphia Eagles as the host team for the league's first regular-season game in Brazil. Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement on Monday, stating that the game will take place on Friday, Sept. 6, 2024, just a day after the season opener.
In a wide-ranging news conference, Goodell discussed various topics such as gambling, officiating, diversity, and the Rooney Rule. However, his revelation about the Eagles playing in Sao Paolo against an undisclosed opponent grabbed headlines. This game will mark the first time in 54 years that the NFL has scheduled a game on a Friday night during the opening weekend. The last time this occurred was on Sept. 18, 1970 when the Los Angeles Rams hosted the St. Louis Cardinals.
The highly anticipated game will be held at the Corinthians Arena, which serves as the home stadium for Brazilian soccer team SC Corinthians. Notably, this venue was previously used during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Details regarding the Eagles' opponent and the kickoff time will be announced closer to the release of the 2024 schedule this spring.
Aside from the historic game in Brazil, a total of five regular-season games will be played internationally in 2024. The Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings will face off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars will continue their multiyear commitment to playing in Britain by returning to Wembley Stadium. Additionally, the Carolina Panthers are set to play in Munich, Germany at Allianz Arena, the esteemed home ground of Bayern Munich.
Stay tuned for more updates as the NFL continues to embrace global expansion in exciting new locations across the globe.