As football continues to grow in popularity abroad, more games will follow. College football has already announced it will play five more games in Ireland over the next few years and now the NFL has increased its total of London games for the 2019 season.
After the NFL concluded 2018 London Games Series with record attendance of 85,870 at Wembley Stadium this past Sunday to watch the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the league has confirmed there will be four games in London once again in 2019.
Having three sold-out games in three-straight weeks this month means business is booming even more than the NFL’s boosted television ratings.
There will be a new look to the series next season, too. Instead of playing every game at Wembley Stadium or Twickenham, two games will be played at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium at White Hart Lane, which is now expected to be open January 2019, with the other two at Wembley.
“London is the world’s sporting capital and hosting NFL matches here is fantastic for fans of American football in the UK as well as supporters from all over Europe. The NFL brings huge benefits for our city and showcases London to millions of viewers overseas. We’ve staged some mouth-watering matches here and hope to host even more in the years to come as we demonstrate that London Is Open.” — Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
The NFL first began playing games in London back in 2007 and has featured 29 of the league’s 32 teams over the last decade.
In 2018, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Oakland Raiders, the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Tennessee Titans, and the Eagles took down the Jaguars. Each game had over 84,000 people in attendance.
The games for 2019 have not been set, but the Jaguars will assuredly be there, and let’s try to get the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, and Houston Texans there so those franchises can get the experience in the UK, too.
Whether you like it or not, the game is more global than ever, and more NFL games are going to be played across the Atlantic Ocean as a result of it.