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Chiefs designated to play home game in Germany during 2023 season

Posted at 6:29 AM, Jan 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-19 11:07:10-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five NFL teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, have been tapped to play an international game in 2023.

The Chiefs and New England will play in Germany, while Buffalo, Tennessee and Jacksonville will head to London, the NFL announced Thursday.

"We've aggressively pursued this opportunity because we know how passionate German fans are about NFL football and we're committed to the international growth of the game as well as our brand," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said in a statement. "We think we'll be able to provide the right mix of opportunities for our existing Season Ticket members and domestic fans while also creating unique experiences that will make this memorable for German fans as well."

The game will mark the club's third regular-season game outside the U.S.

The Chiefs previously played Detroit on Nov. 1, 2015, at Wembley Stadium in London and faced the Los Angeles Chargers at on Nov. 18, 2019, at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Kansas City won both of those games. The details of next season's game — including the opponent, location and date — will be announced at a later time, but the game will either be played in Munich or Frankfurt, according to the NFL.

Both the Chiefs and Patriots own international marketing rights in Germany.

The five teams that were announced will give up a home game to play internationally, which is why all five teams that were announced are AFC teams.

When the NFL expanded the regular season to 17 games for the 2021 season, it began alternating which conference got the extra home game on an annual basis.

The Bills and Titans will host games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while the Jaguars will host their game at Wembley Stadium.