Mexico City to stage NFL game

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

The NFL announced the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers would play the first regular-season contest outside the US on October 2.

Mexico City to stage NFL game
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Mexico City:

American 'tackle' football is coming to Mexico. The National Football League (NFL) announced the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers would play the first regular-season contest outside the United States on October 2nd. If the game is well received, it could mean more NFL games played outside the United States. The league will evaluate all of the markets that have indicated an interest in hosting games around the world, including several in Europe, Canada, Asia, according to Roger Goodell, the league's executive vice president. Goodell spoke at a news conference to talk about the game between Arizona and San Francisco. Largest fan base Mexico was chosen for the first game partly because it has the largest NFL fan base outside of the United States and regularly televised games have created loyal fans of the Cowboys, 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers, among others. The country also has a national collegiate league and the NFL sponsors a national touch football series for youths. The Cardinals will be considered the home side for the contest, in part becausethey stand to lose little from their home gate. The team, which is moving into a modern new stadium last year, often is lucky to fill half the seats at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, its home field.

Topics : Football
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