On Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the Philadelphia Eagles will play the league’s inaugural game in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Eagles’ game in South America will play place in Week 1 against an opponent to be announced before the entire 2024 regular-season schedule is posted in the spring. The game will take place on Friday, September 6, 2024, marking the first time the NFL has played a game on a Friday night in Week 1 in more than 50 years.

“This landmark first international game in South America demonstrates the ongoing expansion of our global footprint,” Goodell said in a news release. “Playing on Friday night of Week 1 is a unique way to highlight our international growth and ambitions.”

The NFL announced in December that it would play a regular-season game in Brazil during the 2024 campaign. The game will take place at Corinthians Arena, which has hosted several significant sporting events, including six matches during the 2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

“The league’s decision to play the game in the first week of the NFL 2024 season is a true testament to their confidence in our work as the host city,” said Ricardo Nunes, mayor of São Paulo. “Having this historic spectacle on the eve of Independence Day and driving a great economic impact and job creation for São Paulo, will spotlight our city as a globally relevant destination for the world’s most exciting sport and entertainment events.”

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The Eagles join the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Carolina Panthers as teams chosen for the 2024 International Games. The Bears, Vikings, and Jaguars are the assigned teams for games in London, while the Panthers are the designated team in Munich.

“The Eagles organisation is honoured to have been selected to play in the first-ever National Football League game in South America,” stated Jeffrey Lurie, the Philadelphia Eagles’ chairman and CEO. “With the global growth of our sport as a primary objective for our league, we welcome the opportunity to expand our fan base throughout the world and deliver Eagles football to Brazil’s 38 million sports lovers. Brazil is one of the world’s most culturally diverse countries, and we are excited to visit its warm, colourful, and friendly environment later this year.

 

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