Starting in the 2007 season, the National Football League (NFL) has hosted regular season American football games outside the United States every year. Collectively officially known through 2016 as the NFL International Series, since 2017 the series has two sub-series: the NFL London Games in London, which has been in place since 2007, and the NFL Mexico Game in Mexico City, which began in 2016 with a predecessor game in 2005.
Initially, all games in the International Series were held in London. Wembley Stadium was the exclusive home stadium for International Series games from 2007 to 2015 and will continue to host at least two NFL games through at least 2020; beginning in 2016, the series began expanding to more stadiums, first to Twickenham Stadium in London (2016–2017) and to Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (2016–2021) and eventually to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London (2019–2027), with possible future plans to expand the series to Germany and/or Canada.
Prior to 2005, the NFL's primary method of promoting its game abroad was through the American Bowl, a series of preseason games played around the world, and NFL Europe, a developmental league based in Europe. The American Bowls ended in 2005 (though a similar China Bowl was planned for 2007 before being canceled), while NFL Europa (as it was known for its final season) folded in 2007. On October 2, 2005, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31–14 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico under the name "NFL Fútbol Americano". It was the first regular season NFL game held outside the United States. The game drew the NFL's highest game attendance at the time with 103,467 spectators.
Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League, has considered expanding the league's appeal overseas ever since the end of NFL Europa. Goodell has openly discussed the idea of holding a future Super Bowl game in London. The NFL also investigated the possibility of adding a 17th regular season game to all teams, taking the place of the fourth pre-season game. Waller notes that there will not be 16 different venues for the 17th games. More likely would be a "mini-season ticket" of perhaps four games in one city or country. There was discussion that this "17th game" could take effect as early as the 2009 NFL season; however, 2010 would be the earliest this could be implemented because of concerns about playing on Labor Day or over the 2010 Winter Olympics, the league's rigid scheduling formula, and the league's collective bargaining agreement (CBA). League officials were pondering moving a second existing game abroad for the 2010 season, but eventually abandoned it due to the ongoing CBA negotiations. The league eventually abandoned its attempt to expand the NFL season via CBA negotiations, and the new CBA enacted in 2011 has kept the NFL schedule at 16 games as of 2017.
Games in the United Kingdom are broadcast by the BBC and Sky Sports either live on BBC2 or online via the BBC Sports website and interactive TV and on Sky Sports Action. On radio the games are broadcast by BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, with Arlo White commentating.
The games have been popular, with tickets for the two games per season selling out in two days, nine months in advance. According to the NFL, only 3% of those attending the London games are Americans or American expatriates, while 22% are from London and 60% from elsewhere in Britain. Ticket prices are from £35 for end zone seats to £100 for lower sideline seats. A team that plays a home game in London sells a cheaper season ticket package for its own stadium with seven regular season games rather than the usual eight. Each designated home team receives US$1 million for giving up the home game.
On October 11, 2011, the NFL owners approved playing NFL games in Great Britain through the year 2016. This stated that a home team could visit every year for up to five years but visitors could only visit once every five years. However, in 2015 the Detroit Lions returned to London as visitors in an apparent disregard for this rule. Subsequently, an agreement has been reached to play internationally through 2025.
The Buffalo Bills received a unanimous vote of approval to play a series of regular and preseason games at Rogers Centre in Toronto from 2008 to 2017. This was separate from the regular International Series as arrangements are made by the team as opposed to the league as with the International Series. The Bills' Toronto Series was mutually terminated after the 2013 contest.
Due to significant time zone differences, from 2007–2015 teams playing in London would have their bye week in the following week after their game in London. For 2016, the Indianapolis Colts volunteered to play a game the week after their London game, preferring to have their bye week later in the season. The Colts playing the week after London was also done by the NFL as a test to see team fatigue for evaluation of an eventual London franchise. As Mexico City is within the Central Time Zone—eight NFL teams play home games in Central Time and the rest are within two hours of it—no bye week would be needed for those teams, though they may still by chance be scheduled their regular bye week anyway. For 2017, three teams playing in London (Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Miami), would have games immediately following their International Series game. In all three cases, the teams playing after their International Series game are based on the East Coast of the United States and will either be home or (in the Jaguars case) playing in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In 2018 all teams once again received their bye immediately following their international game.
Due to NFL rules, teams that are playing in temporary homes as part of a relocation or that have recently been awarded the Super Bowl are required to play a home game internationally. The Los Angeles Rams, upon relocating from St. Louis, agreed to host an international game from 2016–2019, while their new stadium is being built. The Los Angeles Chargers, who will be sharing the stadium with the Rams once it is completed, will also host an international game in 2018 and 2019, only getting out of the 2017 game because the team had executed its out clause to move from San Diego after the 2017 International Series games had been announced. The Raiders, who will spend the 2019 off-season in limbo due to the expiration of their stadium deal in Oakland and the lack of an NFL-ready stadium in their eventual home in Las Vegas, have also agreed to annual international games. The rule was not in place when the Minnesota Vikings were using TCF Bank Stadium so they had no requirement to host abroad.
NFL rules also require the designated home team for each international game to have their home stadium reserved for use in the event that a game cannot be played at the international site.
The Miami Dolphins hosted the New York Giants at Wembley Stadium in London, England on October 28, 2007. The Giants defeated the Dolphins 13–10 in the first regular season NFL game held outside North America. The first 40,000 tickets sold out for the game in the first 90 minutes of sales. The game was aired regionally on Fox.
A single game was held in London each year through 2011. Like the 2007 game, each was televised nationally in England, but only regionally in the United States.
On January 20, 2012, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that from 2012 to 2014, the St. Louis Rams would play one of their eight home games each year at Wembley Stadium. However, on August 13, 2012, the team announced that they would not play the proposed games in London in 2013 and 2014, only the 2012 game against the New England Patriots that had already been scheduled. Goodell had previously proposed the use of certain regular teams in the International Series in an effort to build a fan base for those teams, raising the prospect of a permanent NFL team on the British Isles.
The Jacksonville Jaguars took the Rams' place and agreed to play a home game in London for four seasons from 2013 through 2016. With this announcement also came news that the NFL were working to schedule a second UK game from 2013 onwards. (The Jaguars later extended their agreement with Wembley Stadium through 2020 in an agreement announced in October 2015.) In October 2012, it was announced that the Jaguars would host the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings would host the Pittsburgh Steelers, marking the first season with multiple games in London.
The NFL played three international games for the 2014 season, including one game with an earlier 9:30 am ET start, which allowed for an afternoon game, rather than an evening game, in London. This timeslot proved to be successful as all London games in 2015 and 2016 were also scheduled at 9:30 am ET. Three games were again scheduled in 2015 – including the series' first division game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins.
On July 8, 2015, the NFL and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. announced they had reached a 10-year deal to host at least two London Games a year at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from its opening season in 2018. Additionally, on October 7, 2015, the league announced that a resolution had been passed to schedule international games at additional locations to London until 2025. Subsequently, on October 22, 2015 it was confirmed that at least two games per season would remain at Wembley through at least 2020 and that the Jacksonville Jaguars will continue to play a home game there annually throughout the agreement. Another stadium deal was confirmed on November 3, 2015, when the league announced they had reached an agreement with England's Rugby Football Union to host regular season games at Twickenham Stadium from 2016 onwards, with a minimum of three, and as many as five games to be held over the initial agreement period of three years.
In 2016, the Oakland Raiders hosted the Houston Texans on November 21 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, at the first International Series game played in Mexico. Previously, the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers had expressed interest in playing a game at Estadio Azteca (or possibly Estadio Olímpico Universitario) in Mexico City, although Houston was not prepared to give up a home date. It was televised as part of ESPN's Monday Night Football, marking the first MNF game broadcast from outside the United States, and ESPN's second broadcast from Mexico City since the 2005 Fútbol Americano game (which was televised as part of ESPN's former incarnation of Sunday Night Football).
The 2016 game between the Redskins and Bengals was the first International Series game to go into overtime, the first to end as a tie, and had at the time the highest attendance of all International Series games (later surpassed by the 2017 game between the Ravens and Jaguars, which drew an attendance of 84,592).
In January 2018, it was announced that three games would be played in London that year, with two at Wembley and the other the first game at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium. However, it was later confirmed that the opening of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would be delayed and therefore all three games would be held at Wembley. Having already fulfilled the minimum three-game requirement for Twickenham Stadium in 2017, it will no longer host games. The Mexico City date and opponents were not announced at that time, but were later confirmed as the Los Angeles Rams playing as designated home team against the Kansas City Chiefs. This game was subsequently moved to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions at Estadio Azteca.
In October 2018, the league confirmed four London Games would take place in 2019. Wembley Stadium would host two and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would host the remaining two. The Jacksonville Jaguars would return to Wembley Stadium for the seventh consecutive year in line with their annual commitment.
Prior to the start of the 2019 season, the "extreme long shot" possibility arose that the former Oakland Raiders, who lack a stadium for 2019, could play all of their home games in London in 2019; they are already slated to host one game abroad. Cost and logistics concerns leave this scenario unlikely.
|2007||October 28||New York Giants||13||Miami Dolphins||10||London||Wembley Stadium||81,176||The Feeling|
|2008||October 26||San Diego Chargers||32||New Orleans Saints||37||London||Wembley Stadium||83,226||Stereophonics|
|2009||October 25||New England Patriots||35||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||London||Wembley Stadium||84,254||Calvin Harris|
|2010||October 31||Denver Broncos||16||San Francisco 49ers||24||London||Wembley Stadium||83,941||My Chemical Romance|
|2011||October 23||Chicago Bears||24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||18||London||Wembley Stadium||76,981||Goo Goo Dolls|
|2012||October 28||New England Patriots||45||St. Louis Rams||7||London||Wembley Stadium||84,004||Train|
|2013||September 29||Pittsburgh Steelers||27||Minnesota Vikings||34||London||Wembley Stadium||83,518||Tinie Tempah|
|October 27||San Francisco 49ers||42||Jacksonville Jaguars||10||London||Wembley Stadium||83,559||Ne-Yo|
|2014||September 28||Miami Dolphins||38||Oakland Raiders||14||London||Wembley Stadium||83,436||Def Leppard|
|October 26||Detroit Lions||22||Atlanta Falcons||21||London||Wembley Stadium||83,532||Little Mix|
|November 9||Dallas Cowboys||31||Jacksonville Jaguars||17||London||Wembley Stadium||83,603||Joss Stone|
|2015||October 4||New York Jets||27||Miami Dolphins||14||London||Wembley Stadium||83,986||None|
|October 25||Buffalo Bills||31||Jacksonville Jaguars||34||London||Wembley Stadium||84,021||The Ohio State University Marching Band|
|November 1||Detroit Lions||10||Kansas City Chiefs||45||London||Wembley Stadium||83,624||Madness|
|2016||October 2||Indianapolis Colts||27||Jacksonville Jaguars||30||London||Wembley Stadium||83,798||Robin Thicke|
|October 23||New York Giants||17||Los Angeles Rams||10||London||Twickenham Stadium||74,121||Craig David|
|October 30||Washington Redskins||27||Cincinnati Bengals||27||London||Wembley Stadium||84,448||Wessex Male Choir & US Army Europe band|
|November 21||Houston Texans||20||Oakland Raiders||27||Mexico City||Estadio Azteca||76,473||None|
|2017||September 24||Baltimore Ravens||7||Jacksonville Jaguars||44||London||Wembley Stadium||84,592||None|
|October 1||New Orleans Saints||20||Miami Dolphins||0||London||Wembley Stadium||84,423||None|
|October 22||Arizona Cardinals||0||Los Angeles Rams||33||London||Twickenham Stadium||73,736||None|
|October 29||Minnesota Vikings||33||Cleveland Browns||16||London||Twickenham Stadium||74,237||None|
|November 19||New England Patriots||33||Oakland Raiders||8||Mexico City||Estadio Azteca||77,357||None|
|2018||October 14||Seattle Seahawks||27||Oakland Raiders||3||London||Wembley Stadium||84,922||Jess Glynne|
|October 21||Tennessee Titans||19||Los Angeles Chargers||20||London||Wembley Stadium||84,301||None|
|October 28||Philadelphia Eagles||24||Jacksonville Jaguars||18||London||Wembley Stadium||85,870||None|
|November 19||Relocated to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions.[n 1]||Mexico City||Estadio Azteca||N/A||N/A|
|2019||Cincinnati Bengals||Los Angeles Rams||London|
|Chicago Bears||Oakland Raiders||London|
|Houston Texans||Jacksonville Jaguars||London||Wembley Stadium|
|Carolina Panthers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||London|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Los Angeles Chargers||Mexico City||Estadio Azteca|
|New England Patriots||3||3–0–0||1.000||2017|
|New Orleans Saints||2||2–0–0||1.000||2017|
|New York Giants||2||2–0–0||1.000||2016|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||2–0–0||1.000||2013|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||1–0–0||1.000||2015|
|New York Jets||1||1–0–0||1.000||2015|
|San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers||2||1–1–0||.500||2018|
|St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams||3||1–2–0||.333||2017|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0–2–0||.000||2011|
Within the United Kingdom, aside from London, potential candidates for hosting NFL games include Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales; and Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland. Other prime locations to get games would be Croke Park in the Republic of Ireland (Ireland has already hosted the NCAA Emerald Isle Classic, a college football game similar to the International Series, and Steelers owner Dan Rooney was once an ambassador to the country), Germany (which hosted five teams in NFL Europa at the time of its dissolution in 2007 and whose national American Football team won both the 2010 and 2014 European Championship), China; Brazil, Australia and Canada (Canada hosted the Bills Toronto Series from 2008 to 2013). In 2007, NFL senior Vice President Mark Waller doubted Asia or Australia would be targeted because of travel concerns, but did not dismiss the possibility. The league had planned to host a game in China in 2018 with the Los Angeles Rams as the home team against the San Francisco 49ers. However, the game in Germany was scrapped in favor of adding a 4th game in London in 2017. The potential game in China was postponed (the third time the league has postponed playing in China, following failed attempts in 2007 and 2009) to being aimed for the 2019 season to coincide with the league's 100th anniversary. The league has indicated that a China game is still not certain because of the lack of a fan base in the country (NFL games are played in the middle of the night in China).
In regard to future games outside London or Mexico, Mark Waller stated in 2017 that the only holdup with games in Germany was what he dubbed "an inventory management thing. How many games do we actually have?"
The success of the International Series has led the NFL to focus its global expansion aims on the possibility of having a full franchise located in London. While no set timetable has been set, the league is working on a goal of establishing a franchise by around 2021, assuming they have all the necessary arrangements in place. It is believed this would be most likely achieved through relocation of an existing franchise, with the Jaguars most often linked due to their association with the International Series, even though their owner is said to be content with the current arrangement and other franchises have more reason to move (the most often cited being poor on-field performance, lack of fans and uncertainty over stadium leases). The NFL has used some of the specific arrangements for the International Series games as a test bed for predicting how a London franchise could be made effective from a logistical and competitiveness standpoint.
The 2005 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 107th season, 86th season in the National Football League and the 18th in Arizona. The team was unable to improve upon their previous season's six wins in 2004, and failed to make the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.The October 2 game was the first regular season game to be played outside the United States, and was known as NFL Futbol Americano. The game was a Cardinals home game, and the Cardinals defeated their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, 31–14.
The Cardinals, as a team, had a paltry 1,138 rushing yards in 2005, only 71.1 yards per game. Remarkably, the Cardinals only had one 100-yard rushing game, when they ran for 129 yards in the season finale at Indianapolis. Arizona's season total is the fifth-fewest rushing yards by a team in a 16-game season.The Cardinals passing offense, however, led the league, with 4,437 yards. Kurt Warner's 271.3 passing yards per game were third in the NFL, and his 24.2 pass completions per-game led the league. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tied for the league lead in receptions, with 103, edging out his teammate Anquan Boldin, who had 102 (tied for third in the NFL) Fitzgerald's 1,409 yards, and Boldin’s 1,402 yards receiving were fourth and fifth in the NFL, respectively, in 2005. Boldin’s 100.1 receiving yards per game led the NFL.
The season also saw the Cardinals change their logo and uniforms, which remains in use today. It was also their final season playing at Sun Devil Stadium.2014 Atlanta Falcons season
The 2014 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League and the seventh under head coach Mike Smith. The Falcons were defeated by the Carolina Panthers in week 17, officially eliminating them from postseason contention for the second straight year. As a result, head coach Mike Smith was fired after his seventh year as coach, after two straight years with a losing record.The 2014 Atlanta Falcons were featured on the HBO documentary series Hard Knocks.2014 Miami Dolphins season
The 2014 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 45th season in the National Football League, the 49th overall and the third under head coach Joe Philbin. The team had a new general manager for the first time since 2007 after Jeff Ireland was fired on January 7, 2014. The Dolphins equaled their 8–8 record from 2013 and missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season.2016 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2016 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League and the 33rd in Indianapolis. The Colts matched their 8-8 record from 2015, however they would miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997–1998. This season would also see the Colts get swept by the Houston Texans for the first time in franchise history. As a result, the Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson after five seasons with the team. However head coach Chuck Pagano would return next year.2016 Jacksonville Jaguars season
The 2016 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 22nd season in the National Football League and the fourth and final under head coach Gus Bradley, who was fired after the Week 15 game against the Houston Texans. The Jaguars missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.2016 Washington Redskins season
The 2016 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 85th season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Jay Gruden.
The season saw the Redskins play in London for the first time in franchise history, where they tied the Cincinnati Bengals 27-27.
After a loss in the final week to the New York Giants, the Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention. Despite missing the playoffs, the Redskins finished the season with a record of 8-7-1, which was the first consecutive winning seasons for the team since the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Along with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington was the only team in 2016 that played seven regular-season games against teams that would reach the playoffs: four games combined against Dallas and the New York Giants, games against Green Bay and Detroit (as the NFC North was the only division besides the NFC East to send more than one team to the 2016 postseason) and a game against the sole AFC North 2016 playoff team (Pittsburgh); the Redskins' 2-5 record in these contests was a major reason they did not return to the playoffs.2017 Arizona Cardinals season
The 2017 season was the Arizona Cardinals' 98th in the National Football League, their 30th in Arizona and 12th at University of Phoenix Stadium. It was also the fifth and final season under head coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals played one road game in London at Twickenham Stadium against the Los Angeles Rams as one of the NFL London Games. They improved on a 7–8–1 season they had in 2016, finishing 8–8. However, they missed the playoffs for the second straight season.2018 Jacksonville Jaguars season
The 2018 season was the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24th in the National Football League and their second under head coach Doug Marrone. This was their first season in new uniforms, which were revealed in April 2018. The Jaguars had hopes of matching or improving on their 10–6 campaign from a year ago, but despite a 3–1 start, the Jags fell into a 7 game losing streak and failed to improve on their 10–6 record after a Week 10 loss to the Colts. After they lost to the Tennessee Titans in Week 14, the Jaguars fell to 4–9 and were officially eliminated from postseason contention. They finished 5–11, in last place in the AFC South.2019 Carolina Panthers season
The 2019 Carolina Panthers season will be franchise's 25th in the National Football League and their ninth under head coach Ron Rivera. They will try to improve upon their 7–9 record in 2018, and make it to the playoffs for the 8th time in franchise history. The Panthers will play in London for the first time this season as part of the NFL International Series. They will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it will be considered an away game for Carolina.2019 Chicago Bears season
The 2019 Chicago Bears season will be the franchise's 100th season in the National Football League, as well as the second under head coach Matt Nagy. They will attempt to improve on their 12–4 record in 2018 following a loss to the Eagles in the wild card round.2019 Cincinnati Bengals season
The 2019 season will be the Cincinnati Bengals' upcoming 50th in the National Football League, their 52nd overall and the first under head coach Zac Taylor.2019 Houston Texans season
The 2019 Houston Texans season will be the franchise's 18th season in the National Football League and the sixth season under head coach Bill O'Brien. It will also mark the first full season without the ownership of Bob McNair, who died during the 2018 season. It will, however, be the first season of full ownership of both Janice McNair and D. Cal McNair. The Texans will attempt to improve over their 11–5 record from last year.
For the first time in franchise history, the team will play in London, playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars.2019 Jacksonville Jaguars season
The 2019 season will be the Jacksonville Jaguars' upcoming 25th season in the National Football League and their third under head coach Doug Marrone.
After considering signing with teams such as the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins, the Jaguars signed former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to a 4-year, $88 million contract on March 11, 2019. It will also be their first season since 2013 without Blake Bortles on the roster, as Bortles signed with the defending NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams via free agency on March 18, 2019. With the signing of Foles, the Jaguars will attempt to improve on their 5-11 record from last season and make the playoffs for the first time since 2017.2019 Los Angeles Chargers season
The 2019 Los Angeles Chargers season will be the franchise's upcoming 50th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 60th overall, the 4th in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the third under head coach Anthony Lynn. The Chargers will try to improve on their 12-4 record. It will also mark the Chargers' third and final season playing their home games at Dignity Health Sports Park, as the team will move into Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood beginning with the 2020 season.2019 Los Angeles Rams season
The 2019 Los Angeles Rams season will be the franchise's 82nd season in the National Football League, their 83rd overall, their 53rd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and their third under head coach Sean McVay. It will also mark the Rams' final season playing their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as the team will move into Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood beginning with the 2020 season. They will enter the season as the defending NFC Champions.2019 Oakland Raiders season
The 2019 Oakland Raiders season will be the 60th overall season of the Oakland Raiders franchise, the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League and their second under head coach Jon Gruden since his rehiring by the organization (sixth overall).
After initially stating they would not return to the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum for 2019, the Raiders were effectively forced to return to the stadium after their regional rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, blocked an effort to play at Oracle Park while they await the completion of Las Vegas Stadium in Paradise, Nevada. Assuming Las Vegas Stadium is in a usable state by 2020, this will be the 25th and final season in the team's second tenure in Oakland.
Prior to the season, the Raiders hired former NFL Network draft guru and former NBC's Notre Dame Football color commentator Mike Mayock as general manager.2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
The 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season will be the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League, the 22nd playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium and their first under former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. They will try to make the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.Estadio Azteca
The Estadio Azteca (Spanish pronunciation: [esˈtaðjo asˈteka]) is a multi purpose stadium located in Mexico City. It is the official home stadium of the association football team Club América, and the Mexico national team. The stadium sits at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2195 meters) above sea level. With an official capacity of 87,523, it is the largest stadium in Mexico. As of 2018, the stadium also serves as the home of Cruz Azul.Regarded as one of the most famous and iconic football stadiums in the world, it is the first to have hosted two FIFA World Cup Finals; in the 1970 World Cup Final, Brazil defeated Italy 4–1, and in the 1986 World Cup Final, Argentina defeated West Germany 3–2. It also hosted the 1986 quarter-final match between Argentina and England in which Diego Maradona scored both the "Hand of God goal" and the "Goal of the Century". The stadium also hosted the "Game of the Century", when Italy defeated West Germany 4–3 in extra time in one of the 1970 semifinal matches.
The stadium was also the principal venue for the football tournament of the 1968 Summer Olympics.List of current National Football League stadiums
This article is a list of current National Football League stadiums, sorted by capacity, their locations, their first year of usage and home teams. Though there are 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL), there are only 31 full-time NFL stadiums because the New York Giants and New York Jets share MetLife Stadium. This number is scheduled to decrease to 30 when the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers will begin to share the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in 2020.
The newest NFL stadium is Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Falcons, which opened for the 2017 season. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, home of the Los Angeles Rams, is the oldest, having opened in 1923.
The NFL uses several other stadiums on a regular basis in addition to the teams' designated regular home sites. In England, Wembley Stadium in London is contracted to host at least two games per season, as part of the NFL International Series which runs through 2020, and Twickenham Stadium, also in London, is scheduled to host at least one game. Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico, will also host a NFL International Series game in 2018. In addition, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, is the location of the annual exhibition Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Since 2016, Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida has hosted the Pro Bowl.
The majority of current NFL stadiums have sold naming rights to corporations. As of the 2018 season, Arrowhead Stadium, Lambeau Field, Paul Brown Stadium, and Soldier Field have never sold naming rights, while Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum and Broncos Stadium at Mile High have previously sold naming rights. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – a temporary NFL venue – has sold their naming rights in a deal that will officially change the stadium's name in August 2019.
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