The Seahawks have for years been one of the most popular NFL teams in Germany, and in 2022, those German fans will get a chance to see the Seahawks play in person.
The Seahawks and Buccaneers will play in Munich on November 13 in the first regular season NFL game in Germany. The game, which will kick off at 6:30 a.m. PT, will be played at Allianz Arena. The game will be the first major non-soccer event held at the home of FC Bayern Munich, which recently captured its 10th consecutive Bundesliga title.
This will be the Seahawks' second trip to Europe in five seasons, having played in London in 2018 for a Week 6 win over the Raiders. That game featured a very pro-Seahawks crowd at Wembley Stadium, highlighting the support the Seahawks have in Europe, including a big fanbase in Germany.
Per NFL data, the Seahawks are the second most popular NFL team in Germany, a following that includes the German Sea Hawkers chapter that has 1,316 dues-paying members. That represents more than 10 percent of Sea Hawkers worldwide, and at that London game four years ago, an estimated 200-300 members of the German Sea Hawkers made the trip to attend the game.
"It felt like a home game," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after Seattle's 2018 win in London. "Not only were they so much for us, they made it hard on the other team as well. I know that Germany supports us well and the people here in Great Britain supported us as well, and I'm sure there's a bunch of other people who came, as well as our own fans who made the trip. We're grateful for them, it made it a very special event today."
The Seahawks will be counting on their fans in Germany, the UK and the rest of Europe, as well as fans who make the trip from the United States, to turn Munich into home in November. And if Allianz Arena ends up being packed with 12s, that will hardly come as a surprise given the support the team has in Germany, which began to grow considerably last decade when in 2015 the German TV Network ProSieben MAXX began airing NFL games. Because they were coming off of consecutive Super Bowl appearances, the Seahawks, as well as the Patriots, found themselves on the German airways pretty frequently, leading to a big growth in Seahawks fandom, former German Sea Hawkers president Maximilian Länge explained in 2018.
The German Sea Hawkers currently have more than 32,000 followers between Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and in 2021 germanseahawkers.com had 38,674 users and 186,814 page views. Last season, more than 50 members of the German Sea Hawkers came to Seattle for the Seahawks' Week 11 game against Arizona.
"I'm very excited for everyone," said Seahawks linebacker Aaron Donkor, who is from Aachen, Germany and joined the Seahawks last season as part of the NFL's International Player Pathway Program. "It's exciting for the team, for Seahawks fans, for NFL fans in Germany."
Since joining the Seahawks last year, Donkor has noticed how popular his team is back home.
"They've been very supportive of me," he said. "I've felt the support from Seahawks fans here and in Germany, so I'm fortunate for that."
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