The NFL Europe and Rhein Fire are well remembered by sports fans. Now the club is returning, the home games will be played in the MSV Arena
The fire is at Rhein Fire never completely extinguished: 15 years ago, the NFL Europe the game operation, but the American-Football-Klub, which took place between 1994 and 2007 in Düsseldorf and later played his games in the Arena at Schalke is still fondly remembered by many sports fans. Since the comeback of the cult club was announced at the final of the European League of Football (ELF), which was launched last year, in September 2021, the only question has been: where is the game going to be played? Now there is the answer: in the Duisburg Arena, the home of the third division soccer club MSV Duisburg.
The NFL Europe as a talent pool of the big NFL and thus also Rhein Fire were disbanded in 2007. At that time, the NFL decided to hold regular NFL games abroad in the future, including in locations in Europe. But the hope of the people of Düsseldorf was great that Rhein Fire, World Bowl Champion in 1998 and 2000, will eventually return to the state capital. But nothing will come of it for the time being, the appointment calendar of the Düsseldorf Arena is full. Due to corona-related catch-up dates for concerts and other events, it is actually fully booked in 2022, alternatives in Düsseldorf were eliminated for various reasons. Now the club reported: “In this situation, the first contact with the city took place at the beginning of January Duisburg and the operating company of the Schauinsland Reisen Arena. Since the first discussions via video conference went very well, we met just one day later in the arena and were welcomed with open arms by those responsible.”
Best conditions for Rhein Fire in Duisburg
The Fire delegation quickly realized that the MSV stadium offers good conditions for hosting football games. There’s the 20,000 seats on the straights, which have a good view of the lawn. There is also a cordoned off area in front of the north stand where the so-called Fire Power Party is planned: with drink stands and food trucks in front of a show stage with various games. All American: The visit should offer entertainment for the whole family.
It’s not yet out of the question Rhein Fire will return to Düsseldorf again in the future. “We didn’t make the decision easy for ourselves to play home games outside of Düsseldorf in the first year. Ultimately, however, we would not have been able to offer the fans in Düsseldorf the experience that we want to offer and that the fans are expecting,” said founding partner Martin Wagner. “We will get together with the sports city of Düsseldorf as soon as possible to examine the possibilities for the coming years. But we are glad that we were able to secure a real gem as our home field for the 2022 season with Schauinsland-Reisen Arena.” Twelve teams from five European countries take part in the league. The season starts in June 2022 and ends with the final on September 25, 2022 at the Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria. (Gold)
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