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Even though it has never been an official Olympic sport, American football has a strong affiliation with the Summer Olympics.

  • In 1932, American football was a Summer Olympic demonstration sport.
  • Lastly, many college and pro football teams have played games at Summer Olympic venues, the later of which will be the focus of this post.

 

Professional American Football Games at Summer Olympic Venues

Leagues Included: NFL (Since 1920), AFL (1960-1969), AAFC (1946-1949)

Atlanta, GeorgiaBarcelona, SpainBerlin, GermanyLondon, England, United Kingdom

Los Angeles, California | Mexico City, MexicoMontreal, Quebec, Canada

St. Louis, MissouriSydney, Australia


Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Atlanta, Georgia: Games of the XXVI Olympiad (1996)

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium hosted baseball games in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

From 1966 to 1991, the Atlanta Falcons played their home games at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. In 1965, a year before the Atlanta Falcons first ever game, the stadium hosted two NFL exhibition games.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1965 8/14/1965 Minnesota Vikings Pittsburgh Steelers 31-21
1965 8/28/1965 Baltimore Colts Pittsburgh Steelers 38-10

Georgia Dome

Atlanta, Georgia: Games of the XXVI Olympiad (1996)

The Georgia Dome hosted the basketball finals, handball finals, and gymnastics in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Since 1992, the Atlanta Falcons have played their home games at the Georgia Dome.

The Georgia Dome has played host to two Super Bowls.

Super Bowl Season Date Won Lost Score
Super Bowl XXVIII 1993 1/30/1994 Dallas Cowboys Buffalo Bills 30-13
Super Bowl XXXIV 1999 1/30/2000 St. Louis Rams Tennessee Titans 23-16

 Barcelona Olympic Stadium

Barcelona, Spain: Games of the XXV (1992)

Barcelona Olympic Stadium was the main venue of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The stadium has hosted two NFL exhibition games.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1993 8/1/1993 San Francisco 49ers Pittsburgh Steelers 21-14
1994 7/31/1994 Los Angeles Raiders Denver Broncos 25-22 OT

 Olympic Stadium

Berlin, Germany: Games of the XI Olympiad (1936)

Olympic Stadium was the main venue of the 1936 Summer Olympics. The stadium has hosted five NFL exhibition games.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1990 8/11/1990 Los Angeles Rams Kansas City Chiefs 19-3
1991 8/3/1991 San Francisco 49ers Chicago Bears 21-7
1992 8/15/1992 Miami Dolphins Denver Broncos 31-27
1993 8/7/1993 Minnesota Vikings Buffalo Bills 20-6
1994 8/13/1994 New York Giants San Diego Chargers 28-20

Empire Stadium (Wembley Stadium I)

London, England, United Kingdom: Games of the XIV Olympiad (1948)

Empire Stadium (Wembley Stadium I) was the main venue of the 1948 Summer Olympics. The stadium hosted a total of nine NFL exhibition games.

Year Date Won/Tied Lost/Tied Score
1983 8/6/1983 Minnesota Vikings St. Louis Cardinals 28-10
1986 8/3/1986 Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys 17-6
1987 8/9/1987 Los Angeles Rams Denver Broncos 28-27
1988 7/31/1988 Miami Dolphins San Francisco 49ers 27-21
1989 8/6/1989 Philadelphia Eagles Cleveland Browns 17-13
1990 8/5/1990 New Orleans Saints Los Angeles Raiders 17-10
1991 7/28/1991 Buffalo Bills Philadelphia Eagles 17-13
1992 8/16/1992 San Francisco 49ers Washington Redskins 17-15
1993 8/8/1993 Dallas Cowboys Detroit Lions 13-13 OT

 

New Wembley Stadium

London, England, United Kingdom: Games of the XXX Olympiad (2012)

Wembley Stadium will host the soccer final in the 2012 Summer Olympics. The stadium has hosted five NFL regular season games, and will host another one this year when the New England Patriots face the St. Louis Rams.

Year Date Won Lost Score
2007 10/28/2007 New York Giants Miami Dolphins 13-10
2008 10/26/2008 New Orleans Saints San Diego Chargers 37-32
2009 10/25/2009 New England Patriots Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-7
2010 10/31/2010 San Francisco 49ers Denver Broncos 24-16
2011 10/23/2011 Chicago Bears Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18

 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, California: Games of the X Olympiad (1932) and Games of the XXIII Olympiad (1984)

Four different professional football teams have played their home games at the L.A. Coliseum, the main venue of the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984.

Team League Called the L.A. Coliseum Home
Los Angeles Chargers AFL 1960
Los Angeles Dons AAFC 1946-1949
Los Angeles Raiders NFL 1982-1994
Los Angeles Rams NFL 1946-1979

The first NFL game played at the L.A. Coliseum occurred in 1926. The Chicago Bears defeated the Los Angeles Tigers (non-NFL opponent) 17-7. Red Grange of the Bears was the main draw, and 75,000 people attended the game. At the time it was the largest crowd that ever saw a pro football game. Source: New York Times (January 31, 1926, pp. RPA1)

In 1942, the Washington Redskins defeated the Western Army All-Stars 26-7 in an exhibition game at the L.A. Coliseum. A couple of years later the Redskins returned to the L.A. Coliseum and defeated 4th Air Force 7-3.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1925 1/16/1926 Chicago Bears Los Angeles Tigers 17-7
1942 8/30/1942 Washington Redskins Western Army All-Stars 26-7
1944 8/25/1944 Washington Redskins 4th Air Force 7-3

The L.A. Coliseum has hosted two Super Bowls. The first ever Super Bowl was held at the L.A. Coliseum. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-14. In Super Bowl VII the Miami Dolphins completed a perfect-season in the L.A. Coliseum by defeating the Washington Redskins 14-7.

Super Bowl Season Date Won Lost Score
Super Bowl I 1966 1/15/1967 Green Bay Packers (NFL) Kansas City Chiefs (AFL) 35-10
Super Bowl VII 1972 1/14/1973 Miami Dolphins Washington Redskins 14-7

The L.A. Coliseum was also the host of the Pro Bowl from 1951-1972, 1979.

Rose Bowl

Pasadena (Los Angeles), California: Games of the X Olympiad (1932) and Games of the XXIII Olympiad (1984)

In the 1932 Summer Olympics, the Rose Bowl hosted the cycling (track) competition. In the 1984 Summer Olympics, the stadium hosted the soccer final.

The Rose Bowl didn’t host a major professional football game until 1948, and has hosted only three non-Super Bowl pro football exhibition games.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1948 8/18/1948 San Francisco 49ers (AAFC) Los Angeles Dons (AAFC) 42-24
1958 8/9/1958 Los Angeles Rams California All-Stars 73-0
1970 9/5/1970 Los Angeles Rams Houston Oilers 20-3

 

The Rose Bowl has hosted the Super Bowl on five occasions.

Super Bowl Season Date Won Lost Score
Super Bowl XI 1976 1/9/1977 Oakland Raiders Minnesota Vikings 32-14
Super Bowl XIV 1979 1/20/1980 Pittsburgh Steelers Los Angeles Rams 31-19
Super Bowl XVII 1982 1/30/1983 Washington Redskins Miami Dolphins 27-17
Super Bowl XXI 1986 1/25/1987 New York Giants Denver Broncos 39-20
Super Bowl XXVII 1992 1/31/1993 Dallas Cowboys Buffalo Bills 52-17

Estadio Azteca

Mexico City, Mexico: Games of the XIX Olympiad (1968)

Estadio Azteca hosted the soccer final in the 1968 Summer Olympics. The stadium has hosted a NFL regular season game, and five NFL exhibition games.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1994 8/15/1994 Houston Oilers Dallas Cowboys 6-0
1997 8/4/1997 Miami Dolphins Denver Broncos 38-19
1998 8/17/1998 New England Patriots Dallas Cowboys 21-3
2000 8/19/2000 Indianapolis Colts Pittsburgh Steelers 24-23
2001 8/27/2001 Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders 21-6
2005 ¹ 10/2/2005 Arizona Cardinals San Francisco 49ers 31-14

¹ The first NFL regular season game outside the United States.


Olympic Stadium

Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Games of the XXI Olympiad (1976)

Olympic Stadium was the main venue of the 1976 Summer Olympics. The stadium has hosted two NFL exhibition games.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1988 8/18/1988 New York Jets Cleveland Browns 11-7
1990 8/9/1990 Pittsburgh Steelers New England Patriots 30-14

Molson Stadium

Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Games of the XXI Olympiad (1976)

Molson Stadium hosted the field hockey competition in the 1976 Summer Olympics. The stadium also hosted a rare NFL vs. CFL exhibition between the Chicago Bears and Montreal Alouettes in 1961.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1961 8/5/1961 Chicago Bears (NFL) Montreal Alouettes (CFL) 34-16

Francis Field

St. Louis, Missouri: Games of the III Olympiad (1904)

Francis Field was the main venue of the 1904 Summer Olympics. In 1933, the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Gunners (non-NFL opponent) 21-2 at Francis Field in an exhibition game.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1933 11/15/1933 St. Louis Gunners (Independent) Brooklyn Dodgers (NFL) 21-2

 Stadium Australia

Sydney, Australia: Games of the XXVII Olympiad (2000)

Stadium Australia was the main venue of the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 1999, the Denver Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 20-17 at Stadium Australia in an exhibition game. It’s the only NFL game ever played in Australia.

Year Date Won Lost Score
1999 8/8/1999 Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers 20-17

 

The game scores provided by The Pro Football Archives was instrumental in putting together this list.

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