David Bada appreciates what the NFL means to his hometown of Munich, Germany.
The 27-year-old defensive tackle, born and raised in Munich, won’t be there on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks play at the Allianz Arena, but he has a good excuse. The practice team of the Washington Commanders.
“I know how many times I’ve watched the Super Bowl at home and said, ‘If they play here, they’re going crazy,’” said the player, now in his third season with the Washington practice team. Bada is still looking for his first snap on the regular. Season NFL game.
Bada remembers that it was quite normal for NFL fans in Munich to wake up at 2:30 am just to watch the Monday night football game. “And then they go to work,” he said. “They love American football. People get married in their jerseys.”
Like many German fans, Bada’s brother Christian logged in on the day tickets for the Bucks-Seahawks game became available, opened three laptops, each with an American I was hoping to get a golden football ticket.
“In less than two minutes, all the tickets were gone,” says Bada. “People were reselling them for thousands of dollars like his 10,000 (euro). I was able to get him a ticket. After he got the ticket, he was very I was crying with excitement.”
Demand for tickets to American football games has reached extraordinary levels this spring. More than 3 million fans have requested tickets to the nearly 70,000-capacity stadium, and more than 800,000 fans lined up to get in when tickets were first sold online, according to the NFL. was
The November 13 NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks in Munich received 3 million (!) ticket applications.
German NFL boss Alexander Steinforth: ‘We could have sold 3 million tickets if the stadium had enough capacity’
— Bavaria and Germany (@iMiaSanMia) November 2, 2022
“It’s a crazy number, but it’s also a reminder that we’re entering the market,” said Alex Steinforth, who joined the NFL in December as Germany’s general manager. “We already had a sense of it from TV ratings and consumer products, but I’ve never experienced so much interest in one event. The amount was incredible.”
European resale sites such as viagogo.com have made it easier to get tickets, but less than 1% of seats are available there, with upper tier seats starting at around US$350 and lowest tier seats. is $2,000 or more.
The game is just this weekend’s centerpiece for the NFL taking over Munich, which has just calmed down from the excitement of Oktoberfest. The streets are decorated with NFL colors and signs. Munich will also host the German flag football final as part of the festivities, with the German national flag football team competing on the same field at halftime between the Seahawks and the Bucks.
The NFL Network has been broadcasting ‘Good Morning Football’ and ‘Total Access’ shows live from Munich all week, keeping fans up to date with the game on Sunday at 3:30pm local time (9:30am local time). An event is scheduled. 6:30 am in Tampa, Seattle).
The Fan Zone is located on Odeonsplatz, one of Munich’s downtown squares, and features large helmets from all 32 NFL teams and a giant photo frame where fans can take NFL selfies . From Thursday, 16 different breweries and pubs in Munich will be designated as team his pubs. The Bucks’ center is at Hofbrauhaus, while the Seahawks’ hub is at Augustiner’s Braustuben.
– Juan Carlos Castillo (@casmood) November 8, 2022
Two former players, former Bucks RB Mike Alstott and former Seahawks RB Sean Alexander, became guest coaches at the USAA’s Salute Boot Camp at the Bavarian Army Garrison, where they learned through football training in friendly games. Instruct military members. This is part of the strong local interest in the game.
Seattle arrives on Thursday and the Bucks on Friday, with both teams training at the facilities of FC Bayern (or Bayern Munich), a popular club in German football’s top tier Bundesliga. On FC Bayern’s American Twitter account he has 2.5 million followers, about the same as the Seahawks and twice as many as the Bucks.
When Tom Brady announced his return from a short retirement in March, FC Bayern star Thomas Müller (who has 4.6 million Twitter followers, well ahead of Brady’s 2.9 million) used the hashtag # I tweeted with immerweiter that I could meet him in Munich. Means “continue”.
— Thomas Muller (@esmuellert_) March 14, 2022
The partnership between the NFL and Germany began with the pre-season “American Bowl” games in Berlin from 1990-94, and in later years Germany became the center of NFL Europe, with five of the six franchises making it to the league’s final season. (2007) is based in Germany.
John Beek, a longtime NFL coach and general manager of the Denver Broncos who became the NFL’s managing director of NFL Europe in 2000, said Germany was ready to host regular-season NFL games. Told.
“I thought it was the best they could do,” Beek said. “People really started to love American football. When we first went[to Europe]everything came out of London. There was the office and everything, but then in Germany We started building the team Frankfurt became an action center and we really got to know the people and their work ethic and it was an exciting time.We went to Bavaria and were there I have had my sights set on Munich since then.”
Germany is building its own American football league. The European League of Football (ELF) currently faces 12 teams, including the Munich Ravens and others in Germany, Poland, Spain, Austria and Turkey, with plans to expand to 24 teams. In 2025, former NFL and college assistant John Shupe will head Munich as head coach, while former 49ers coach and NFL Europe coach Jim Tomsra will return to Germany as head coach of Line Fire. . The league championship took place in his late September in Hamburg and was won by Vienna his Vikings.
— European Football League (@ELF_Official) September 26, 2022
“It’s grown tremendously,” said longtime college assistant Peter Vaas, who coached the Berlin Thunder to two World Bowl championships. “[Playing in Germany]doesn’t surprise me. In fact, I almost get to the point where I say ‘Well, it’s about time’. European football is based in Germany. “
It’s been 15 years since an NFL-related game was held in Germany, and Beek remembers his disappointment at home when the league decided to disband NFL Europe after the 2007 World Bowl.
“People were crying, they were sad, they were angry,” said Beek.
The NFL has built much of its international presence based in London, which has just hosted its 32nd regular season game, based on a four-game schedule between Wembley Stadium and home of the Tottenham Hotspurs. I was. The league promises him four games in Germany, two in Munich and two in Frankfurt.
Carsten Neubauer, a big Bucks fan living in Germany and who runs the Buccaneers Germany Twitter account for the German fan “Crewe,” said excitement for the game has grown since it was first announced in March. said to be on the rise.
“It’s something special and you can already feel it here in Germany,” Neubauer said last week. “Football has exploded in Germany in the last few years. There are so many people who enjoy the NFL and are waiting for something to happen in Germany. It could be the Eagles, the Cowboys, the Packers. Every way you look at it, it’s going to be a very big party.”
— Buccaneers Germany (@BucsGermany) November 8, 2022
German fans can now routinely watch three or more NFL games on TV every weekend. The single biggest obstacle is the time difference. In Germany, early window games start at 7pm, but later games bring all-night viewing for fans.
“If we were doing this 10 years ago, it wouldn’t have been as exciting as it is now,” Neubauer said, adding that easy access to television could expand the game’s reach among sports fans as a second option for football. I talked about the impact it had on me.
The game was announced just 40 days after Brady retired, so fans were just excited to have a real NFL game in their home country. Russell Wilson was traded to Denver, but German fans, like the rest of the world, have watched and cheered for him for 20 years, so getting Brady back from his retirement was a huge bonus.
“Even if it were[Kyle]Trask vs. Geno Smith, it would be exciting because it’s an NFL game, but Brady has a completely different set of demands,” Neubauer said. “Well, that’s another story.”
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