NFL LONDON SCHEDULE KICKS OFF AT NEW TOTTENHAM STADIUM;
TEAMS TO MAKE UK DEBUTS
The National Football
League today announced the schedule of London Games for 2018, featuring a
series of firsts, including a debut at a new stadium and three teams playing a
regular-season game in London for the first time.
The 2018 London Games
10/21/18 or 10/28/18
10/21/18 or 10/28/18
Los Angeles Chargers
English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is the site
of the first game of the 2018 London schedule in Week 6 on Sunday, October 14,
as the Oakland Raiders host the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders, the home team in London for a
second time, welcome the Seahawks to Tottenham for their first game in London.
Tottenham’s new stadium becomes the third venue to stage a regular-season game
in the UK, joining Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium.
The following two weeks, October 21 and 28, two additional teams will
make their London debuts as visiting teams. The Philadelphia Eagles will
face the Jacksonville Jaguars in a matchup of 2017 playoff teams, while
the Tennessee Titans will face the Los Angeles Chargers. The
order of the games, along with all kickoff times, will be confirmed at a later
“We continue to be very excited by the growth of the NFL in the UK,”
said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “The fans have demonstrated
outstanding support and passion for the NFL over the past 11 seasons and we
look forward to some great games in London this year. A key feature of our
success is playing in iconic,
world-renowned venues like Wembley and Twickenham, and we look forward to
playing in what will be another incredible setting for NFL football at
Tottenham’s new stadium.”
Mayor of London SADIQ KHAN said: “London is the international home of
the NFL and I am really excited to welcome the world’s best American football
stars and their thousands of fans from around the globe back to our city.
Tottenham Hotspur’s fantastic new stadium is joining the line-up of world-class
sports arenas in our great city. Spurs’ new ground will stage one game in its
first year of opening and in 2019 we look forward to going back to staging at
least four NFL games in London. Once again, London has shown why it is the
sporting capital of the world and open to the very best sports events.”
By the end of the 2018 season, the NFL will have played 24 regular-season
games in London, with 29 of 32 teams having participated.
“This is another important year as we develop our plans for London and
the UK,” said NFL Executive Vice President of International and Events MARK WALLER.
“By playing games on three consecutive weeks we will learn a lot, both
from the fans buying tickets and attending games, and from a logistics and
“We are very excited about playing our
first game at Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium and will follow our usual
pattern of playing one game in our first season at a new venue, as we did at
Wembley and Twickenham in previous years. This enables us to achieve important
learnings relating to the fans’ preferences, ticketing, team logistics and
local transportation and infrastructure in order to create the best possible
experience and environment. We will play an additional game at Tottenham in a
future season, over and above the planned two per year, to make up for this.”
The NFL and Tottenham Hotspur announced in 2015 that
they had reached agreement for a minimum of two games per year to be played
during a 10-year partnership. The state-of-the-art stadium, due to open this
summer, will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface
underneath that will be used for NFL games. It
will also have customized features such as locker rooms, medical and media
facilities and a dedicated entrance.
"This is a milestone year for the club as we look
ahead to the opening of our new stadium and all that it will bring to the area
of Tottenham,” said Tottenham Hotspur chairman DANIEL LEVY.
“The announcement of the first game of the NFL’s 2018
London Games to take place at our new home heralds the commencement of our
10-year partnership. This is one of the cornerstones of our vision for
creating a world-class sports and leisure destination that will make Tottenham
a hive of activity 365 days a year and drive the regeneration of one of the most
deprived areas of London. The NFL will bring a whole new audience to the
local area, showcase Tottenham and bring further economic and social benefits
with truly global coverage and attraction.”
The NFL kicked off its series of regular-season games
in London in 2007, when the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins at Wembley
Stadium on their way to winning the Super Bowl. The home of English football
has now hosted 18 NFL games, with almost 1.5 million fans in attendance.
“The NFL holds huge value and importance to Wembley Stadium. We are
proud to have hosted games under the arch for the past decade and to have
played a key role in the growth of the sport,” said MARTIN GLENN, Chief
Executive of the Football Association.
“NFL games bring people to the stadium from all over the world, provide
a boost to the local economy, and are among the highlights of the Wembley
events calendar. Working closely together, we have been able to share
knowledge and expertise with the NFL, and continue to learn a great deal from
their events and the activation of their games. We are very excited to
be welcoming some outstanding playoff teams to the stadium in 2018 and hope our
strong partnership will continue for years to come.”
Three of the six teams playing in London in 2018 have made the playoffs
this season (Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Tennessee), while two more finished
the season with winning records (Seattle, LA Chargers).
All four winning teams in the NFL’s 2017 London Games went on to win
their divisions: Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South), New Orleans Saints (NFC
South), Los Angeles Rams (NFC West), Minnesota Vikings (NFC North).
Ticketing details will be announced by NFL UK on January 18. Anyone
interested in registering their interest in attending any of the games can do
so at www.ticketmaster.com/nfl to ensure they receive all the latest information.
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