The NFL is scoring big time over in Germany.
Having held its first regular-season game there last year and bringing 69,811 fans to the Allianz Arena to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Seattle Seahawks in the middle of soccer season, the league has scheduled one of its most highly anticipated games of the 2023 campaign for German soil.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins are set for a showdown at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt on November 5, and the importance is not lost on Germans as tickets to the game sold out within 15 minutes on Tuesday morning.
More people had flocked to the online ticket queue in just two minutes than the number of people who live in Frankfurt, with 1,420,587 gathering virtually in an attempt to secure attendance.
Germany has hosted exhibition games in the past, but this upcoming clash will be just the second time a regular-season fixture will play out in that part of Europe.
While England typically hosts games, The Ringer’s Roger Sherman wrote there are millions more fans in Germany than there are in the UK ahead of last year’s Buccaneers-Seahawks game.
As it happens, the Chiefs played in the NFL’s first exhibition game in Germany, suiting up for an affair against the Los Angeles Rams shortly before the country reunified. They lost 19-3 back then.
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