Over the last decade or so, the NFL has been trying to reach out and become a global sport, having had several games at Wembley Stadium in London, in Toronto, and in Mexico City. They will return to the latter city very soon and it looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers want to join the list of teams to play outside of the country.
The Steelers are one of the four teams that are unofficially exempt from giving up a home game to play in a foreign country, the other three being the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and Green Bay Packers. However, the Steelers may be willing to give up a home game to play in Mexico City.
“There will be a game in Mexico for the next three years, so like I said, we’ve kind of raised our hand for that one, and hopefully we’ll get selected one of these years,” Steelers’ owner Rooney told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The Steelers did play in London in 2013, but they were the road team when they played the Minnesota Vikings.
“We only have a handful of teams that don’t mind giving up a home game, and they are the ones kind of in the mix,” Rooney said. “That is definitely a challenge. It is a challenge for us. We would like to play in some of these games, but we are not anxious to give up a home game. Maybe some year, we may have to do it once.”
We already know that the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders will be playing a Monday night game in Mexico City this year, but there is still two more games to be filled for 2017 and 2018.
What do you think, fans? Would you go see your Steelers play in Mexico City?
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