Munich backs proposal for NFL games at Bayern stadium

Munich, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf are vying to become NFL game venues, and an announcement about the selected city is expected around the Super Bowl date in February.

MUNICH – The City Council of Munich gave his support on Wednesday to the proposal that the city host regular season games from NFL in the house of Bayern Munich.

Three German cities compete to become members of the league. Munich, Frankfurt Y Düsseldorf are on the short list of the NFL to host a regular season game, possibly as early as next year.

Authorities of the city of Munich said the council supported the proposal to hold matches from 2022 to 2025 using the Allianz Arena, 75,000-seat stadium owned by the six-time champion of Europe, Bayern.

Munich owns another stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics, which would meet the requirements of the NFL, but the city said it could not be used for the proposal due to pending renovations.

Local authorities said that receiving a match from NFL would have an estimated economic impact of 31.5 million euros (35.5 million dollars) of visitors to the city, based on data from matches of the NFL in London, with about 550,000 euros ($ 620,000) in projected revenue for the city’s budget. Also, there are plans to promote football in local schools.

The NFL is eager to expand to Germany because the country has one of the largest television audiences for American football outside the U.S, and take advantage of the popularity of their games in London.

Brett gosper, who heads the office of the NFL in Europe Y United Kingdom, said in October that decisions regarding the German host city and the date for the match were expected to be released around the date of the Super bowl in February. The owners of the NFL they must approve the city election.