Las Vegas- The NFL will go to Spain in 2025 for its first regular season game in the country.
The league announced Friday during the buildup to the Super Bowl that its international game schedule for the 2025 season will feature a game at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s home stadium.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the best of the NFL, the best of our teams and stars to the more than 13 million passionate fans in Spain and to partner with one of the world’s soccer clubs like Real Madrid in a authentic world-class and innovative stadium”, said Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s director of international affairs.
The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, indicated that the strategic alliance between his club and the NFL “will promote our brands globally.”
The teams starring in the match will be announced later, but O’Reilly indicated that the home team will be one from the American Conference, since the teams from that conference will have an additional home game that season.
“There is a lot of interest from the teams to play in Madrid with our partner Real Madrid”O’Reilly said.
The NFL has expanded its international presence in recent years. Team owners authorized the league in December to stage eight games outside the United States each season.
In 2024, the NFL will have three games in London, one in Germany and the first in history in Brazil.
The NFL has also had several games in Mexico City and plans to return in 2026 after the World Cup that year following renovations to the Azteca Stadium.
O’Reilly noted that the league is exploring other countries as venues for games in the future, with France in its sights.