The Buccaneers win in front of 70,000 people in Munich

As part of the internationalization of the NFL, the NFL regular season clash between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks (21-16) at the Allianz-Arena in Munich will be a huge success. For the first time since the opening of this stadium in May 2005, a match other than a football match was played in the sold-out arena on this occasion.

A few hours before kick-off outside the AA in the north of the metropolis of Munich, German supporters who could have been… three million – a total of 69,811 were privileged – enjoyed every moment of this very special day. be the last because this event was a complete success. The city of Munich was covered in American colors, while all the culinary stalls gave the feeling of being on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Approximately 12,000 burgers and hot dogs, 7,000 servings of Mac’n Cheese and Chili con Carne, 1.5 tons of fries, 5,000 vegan sandwiches and wraps, as well as 8,000 donuts will find buyers throughout the day. 1600 employees also offered the famous Bratwurst (local sausage), total 43000. 18 food trucks were stationed around the stadium.

A special apparatus was installed with the presence of 1,200 police officers, some of them on horseback, to provide security for the first ever NFL game on German soil. The atmosphere outside and inside the Allianz-Arena was a good one with many women and children from all over the country, some even from Austria, Switzerland and Italy, who did not want to miss this event for nothing in the world. Three hours before kick-off and despite the thick midday fog, there were already several thousand people in the colors of the two clubs enjoying the pre-match.

The black market reached record highs in this historic meeting for the NFL, which is looking to take a new step in its global adventures by traveling to a country with the largest NFL fan base in Europe. . Seats initially cost between €75 and €155, with some claiming up to €1,200 upon exiting the metro. After an additional two hours of waiting, twenty minutes before the start of the meeting, the price had halved.

German NFL fans were in large numbers around the Allianz Arena this Sunday. (K. Lee/USA TODAY SPORTS)

After the German and American national anthems and a shooting ceremony by Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder and Bayern’s Canadian star Alphonso Davies, the debates were able to begin, this time in the sun and with a thermometer of 13 degrees. . After three wonderful hours, the audience left happy with memories full of memories. In particular, along with several famous athletes such as “Bayern” players Leroy Sane, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Jamal Musiala, German tennis player Alexander Zverev was also present in the stands.

Almost all the spectators stayed in their seats for about an hour after the match, just to celebrate before the stewards asked the stewards to leave. “It’s going to be impressive this weekendBrett Gosper summed up the NFL boss in Europe. One thing is for sure: we want to come back here as often as possible. There is everything to continue the promotion of this sport in this country. »

Tom Brady did not hide his happiness after the match that saw his formation win in a match that he will master well. “We need to renew this kind of practice that benefits everyone at any costexplained the legendary Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, who was in town Saturday night to shop and pick up souvenirs for his daughter. Anyway, I’ll be back, I promise. »

Brady had two touchdowns, 258 passing yards and an interception. Over the next four years, Munich and Frankfurt are expected to host two NFL regular season games each. This November 13, 2022 will go down in NFL and sports history across the Rhine.

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