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Eintracht Frankfurt's Deutsche Bank Park will host two NFL games in November 2023. - © /
Eintracht Frankfurt's Deutsche Bank Park will host two NFL games in November 2023. - © /
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NFL and Bundesliga boost partnership with Frankfurt games announcement

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The NFL is returning to Germany this autumn thanks to its partnership with the Bundesliga, with Frankfurt's Deutsche Bank Park set to host two high-profile games in November.

On Sunday 5 November, Super Bowl LVII winners Kansas City Chiefs will face the Miami Dolphins at the home of Eintracht Frankfurt, before the New England Patriots meet the Indianapolis Colts in the same venue the following week, on Sunday 12 November.

Both games are scheduled for 3.30pm CET and will be broadcast on the NFL Network. Registration for fans interested in tickets is already open - click here! - and more information is set to follow in the coming months.

"We can confirm that both games in Germany will be held in Frankfurt, a city with great NFL tradition," said Peter O'Reilly, the NFL Executive Vice President in charge of international events. "We can't wait to host both games in the Eintracht Frankfurt stadium and build on the incredible atmosphere from our last game in Munich."

Watch: Welcome to Frankfurt!

On 13 November 2022, Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena made history by becoming the first venue to host a regular-season NFL game in Germany, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 in front of a boisterous 69,811 crowd.

"That was one of the greatest football experiences I've ever had," said former Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady after the Munich showpiece. "It says a lot for 23 years in the league and for a regular-season game. I think the fan turnout was incredible. It felt, like, very electric from the time we took the field. The end of the game, with them singing 'Sweet Caroline' and 'Country Roads', that was pretty epic. So I think everyone who's a part of that experience got to have something pretty amazing, a memory for the rest of their life. So thank you for hosting us, we appreciate it. Thank you."

The match formed part of a collaboration agreement between the NFL and the DFL - the organising body of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 - whereby several regular-season games would be held in Germany over the next four years, alternating between Munich and Frankfurt.

Frankfurt will now get the NFL treatment in November, with the city's head of sport Mike Josef declaring: "It's a great honour for the City of Frankfurt am Main to be able to host two international NFL games at the stadium this November. These games will make Frankfurt even more attractive as a sporting city."

Watch: The magnificent Deutsche Bank Park

"The games in Germany will allow the fans to enjoy two really exciting games," added Alexander Steinforth, the General Manager of NFL Germany. "The league would like to thank its partners, the DFL, city of Frankfurt and Eintracht Frankfurt for their good co-operation. We can hardly wait for the Frankfurt stadium to host some of the greatest teams in our sport in November."

In addition to Bundesliga stadiums hosting regular-season matches, the partnership agreement between the NFL and the DFL is helping to increase communication and collaboration in the areas of production, broadcast and programming, digital innovation and marketing. Last year's partnership agreement was signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former DFL CEO Donata Hopfen.

"The DFL has always worked openly and cooperatively with leagues and organisations around the world to promote the development of sport worldwide," Hopfen said at the time. "We look forward to working closely with our colleagues from the NFL on a variety of issues and gaining new insights, particularly with regard to sports in the US."

In 2018, the DFL opened its New York office, which covers the North and South American region and serves as a point of contact for media and marketing partners, as well as aiding clubs with local market initiatives. The partnership with the NFL marks another step in the DFL's dynamic internationalisation strategy and supports the approach to grow the Bundesliga's popularity globally, ensuring that even more fans around the world can experience the best of German football.

Meanwhile, Bayern have developed close ties with various NFL clubs. As well as hosting the Buccaneers and the Seahawks in 2022, the record Bundesliga champions have trained with the Kansas City Chiefs during past tours to the USA. The reigning Super Bowl champions will now get a chance to see what Germany is like when they travel to Frankfurt in November.