Monday, January 30, 2023

The ‘oval’ derby in Madrid: the NFL looks at the Bernabéu and rugby, at the Metropolitan

Madrid continues to gain ground in its goal of becoming one of the sports capitals of the world. And he does it with the inclusion of top-level sports events which until now had less presence in the city.

American football has been talked about for months in the offices of the Santiago Bernabéu. An event with priority on the agenda of the white coliseum with a view to its reopening. While it is finalized, on February 2 the Chicago Bears will disembark in Madrid to hold a campus with schools in the Campo de las Leonas facilities.

It was announced by the sports councilor of the Madrid City Council, Sofía Miranda, at the presentation of the agenda for the sports capital of Madrid for 2023. It is the first step on a path that should end with holding a match at the Bernabéu in 2025. A dream for Florentino Pérez, who came to explore the option of celebrating in the Bernabeu the Super Bowl.

While La Castellana prepares to become the epicenter of the NFL, the Metropolitan has been flirting with the oval ball for months. The Athletic Metropolitan prepares to celebrate the second edition of ‘The Match’, the rugby event organized by the promoter Kiwi House, which On August 26, he will measure the Spanish team against Argentina. The Lions will receive the Pumas before the World Cup in France, which will be held in September and October. In the first edition, 40,000 people watched the clash between Spain and the New Zealand Classic All Blacks. Figure that can be surpassed in this appointment with the Argentine stars.

World Series and Cougars

Also, Spain has presented its candidacy to host the final day of the World Series of 7 and World Rugby will bet on the Spanish candidacy, after the effort of Madrid in full confinement to organize a Series that later went through Seville and Malaga, also by Kiwi House. In this case, the Metropolitan would enjoy the party of the World Series circuit.

Madrid will also look at circuits and calendars that were unknown to it. Among the novelties on the agenda for 2023, Miranda confirmed the celebration of the U-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup (July), the second level of ice hockey (April), the European Triathlon (June 3-4) and the inclusion in March of the badminton Spain Masters on the world circuit.

The latter tournament that comes after the European Championship was held in Madrid in which Carolina Marín shone again once she had recovered from her injury. Miranda dedicated a few words to badminton, “a sport with great repercussions in Asia and a very attractive market for Madrid”. They will not be the only sports events in the capital, to which firmly established events such as Madrid Crossfit, the Mutual Madrid Tennis Openin which it will be Rafael Nadal if injuries allow; the Spanish Golf Open, the already classic final stage of La Vuelta a España cycling or the Madrid marathon.

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