Football (specifically the version where the vast majority of players will never use their feet) is a distinctly American sport, but that hasn’t prevented the NFL from making some big strides to attempt to grow the game on an international level in recent years.
The league had a footprint overseas for around a decade in the form of the developmental spring league known as NFL Europe. That organization was disbanded in 2007, but the Dolphins and the Giants faced off at Wembley Stadium in London that very same year in the inaugural NFL International Series showdown (two years after the Cardinals and the 49ers participated in the first regular season game held outside the United States during a contest at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City).
In February, a report surfaced that suggested the NFL had turned its attention to Germany, and in May, that rumor was officially confirmed when we learned the Seahawks and the Buccaneers will be going toe-to-toe at Allianz Arena in Munich on November 13th (much to the chagrin of many Seattle fans on the West Coast who will have to wake up for a 6:30 AM kickoff).
Tickets for the game went on sale on Tuesday morning, and if there was any doubt about the demand to get into the venue, it was immediately put to rest courtesy of the many people who posted screenshots of the insanely long lines that formed in the virtual waiting room (including one person who found themselves stuck behind close to two million potential buyers).
— James Lynch (@JLynch92) July 19, 2022
Given there are over 700,000 people in front of me in the queue for #seahawks vs #TampaBayBuccaneers at the #munich, I think it's safe to say I'm not going to Germany 😝😝😝😝#nfl #NFLDeutschland #NFLGermany pic.twitter.com/21yGZhYq07
— Gaurav Gogna (@Mister_Gogs) July 19, 2022
— Emmanuelle Ide (@EmmanuelleIde) July 19, 2022
It should come as no surprise that many of the people who managed to get their hands on tickets decided to attempt to flip them for a tidy profit, and it didn’t take long for resale sites to get hit with a deluge of scalpers seeking some truly exorbitant prices.
Regular fans never stood a chance. Tickets for sale in 3/4 of the stadium by scalpers. Including this one. €95 ticket, for sale for £5k @nfl @Ticketmaster @viagogo #nfl #shambles #nflmunich #scalpers pic.twitter.com/nvWmFYEn1s
— adam george (@browna_123) July 19, 2022
700,000 people ahead of me in line to buy tickets for NFL in Munich. 100€ tickets already being resold for 1k€+. Need Tom Brady to retire asap to spite these resellers. pic.twitter.com/ve2yGPjYh8
— Alex Tufts (@Tuftsa) July 19, 2022
— Nermin Daul (@nermindaul) July 19, 2022
— Roosevelt (@yattayW) July 19, 2022