The National Football League has announced the Arizona Cardinals as the home team for the NFL’s regular-season game at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca in 2020.
The Cardinals are returning to Mexico for the first time since 2005. Additional game details, including the visiting team, date and kick-off time, will be released at a later date.
The move is a condition of the Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, being awarded the Super Bowl in 2023.
“Two years ago when the NFL awarded Super Bowl LVII to Arizona and State Farm Stadium, we understood the requirement of hosting an international game before 2023,” Cardinals chairman and president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “We are thrilled to learn that this game will take place at Estadio Azteca where we received such an enthusiastic reception in 2005. We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from fans in Mexico and look forward to an incredible experience.”
Last November, the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers played in Mexico City in front on 76,252 fans. It was a far more successful experience than the 2018 debacle, in which the showdown between the Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams was moved to the United States at short notice due to poor field conditions.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced at his pre-Super Bowl news conference in Miami that the league would play in Mexico in 2020 and 2021.