The Philadelphia Eagles will open their 2024 NFL season by taking part in the league’s first-ever regular season game in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The news was confirmed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday.
The Eagles will serve as the home team at Corinthians Arena, the home of Brazilian soccer club Corinthians. The game is scheduled for September 6, while Philly’s opponent is set to be announced at a later date.
“We are just incredibly enthusiastic about our growth on a global basis,” Goodell said during a media conference on Monday. “We are convinced we can be a global sport in the near future. Our ownership has committed to allowing more games to be played on an annual basis, on a global basis. We are excited about the fans’ reaction and our media partners. I think this is a great opportunity for the league, and we are committed to making it a global sport.”
The Eagles last played internationally in 2018, when they faced Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, UK, and came out with a 24-18 win.
NFL has been focused on expanding their International Series in recent years, playing games in the UK, Germany, and Mexico. The 2024 season is expected to feature three regular-season games in London, one game in Munich, Germany, and the previously mentioned Brazil game.
Reportedly, the league is looking to add more countries to their international slate, targeting Spain for the 2025 season.