The clash of the NFL regular season at the Allianz-Arena in Munich between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks (21-16) as part of the internationalization of the NFL will have been a great success. For the first time since the inauguration of this stadium in May 2005, a match other than a football match was held in an arena sold out for the occasion.
In the hours before kick-off on the outskirts of the AA, north of the Munich metropolis, the German supporters who could have been… three million – there were only 69,811 privileged – savored each moment of this very special day which will not be the last, as this event was a total success. The city of Munich has put on the American colors, but also all the culinary stands have given the feeling of being on the other side of the Atlantic.
Some 12,000 burgers and hot dogs, 7,000 servings of Mac’n Cheese and Chili con Carne, 1.5 tonnes of fries, 5,000 vegan sandwiches and wraps, as well as 8,000 donuts will have found takers throughout the throughout the day. The 1,600 employees also offered the famous Bratwurst (local sausage), 43,000 in total. 18 food trucks had taken their place around the stadium.
To ensure the security of the very first NFL game in history on German soil, a special device had been put in place with the presence of 1,200 police officers, some of whom were on horseback. The atmosphere outside and inside the Allianz-Arena was good-natured with many women and children from all over the country, some even from Austria, Switzerland and Italy, who did not wanted to miss this event for nothing in the world. Three hours before kick-off and despite the thick fog at midday, there were already several thousand in the colors of the two clubs enjoying the pre-match.
At this historic meeting for the NFL, which wishes to take a new step in its global adventures by traveling to a country where the largest base of NFL fans in Europe is located, the black market has reached records. . While the price of seats initially fluctuated between €75 and €155, some claimed up to €1,200 when exiting the metro. After two hours of additional waiting, twenty minutes before the start of the meeting, the price had fallen by half.
German NFL fans were present in large numbers this Sunday around the Allianz Arena. (K. Lee/USA TODAY SPORTS)
After the German and American anthems sounded and the toss was given by Markus Söder, the Minister-President of Bavaria and Alphonso Davies, the Canadian star of Bayern Munich, the debates were able to begin under the sun this time and 13 degrees on the thermometer. Three good hours later, the spectators left delighted with memories full of the head. In particular, several famous athletes were present in the stands, such as Bayern players Leroy Sané, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Jamal Musiala, but also Alexander Zverev, the German tennis player.
Almost all the spectators remained in their seats for almost an hour after the match, just to celebrate before the stewards begged them to leave. “This weekend will have been impressivesummarized Brett Gosper, the boss of the NFL in Europe. One thing is certain: we want to come back here as often as possible. Everything is there to continue to promote this sport in this country. »
After the meeting, which saw his formation win in a match that she will have on the whole well mastered, Tom Brady did not hide his happiness. “We must at all costs renew this kind of experience which benefits everyoneexplained the legendary Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, who had gone to town on Saturday evening to do some shopping and bring back souvenirs for his daughter. In any case, I will come back, I promise. »
Brady had two touchdowns, 258 passing yards and an interception. Over the next four years, Munich and Frankfurt are expected to each host two NFL regular season fixtures. This November 13, 2022 will go down in the history of the NFL and sports across the Rhine.