As football continues to grow in popularity abroad, more games will follow. College football has already scheduled five more games in Ireland over the next few years and now the National Football League 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 in late October to watch the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the league confirmed there will be four games in London once again in 2019.
Having three sold-out games in three-straight weeks last fall meant business was 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 all NFL games at Wembley Stadium or Twickenham, two games will be played at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium at White Hart Lane 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. The only three NFL teams to not play across the Atlantic Ocean are the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, and Houston Texans.
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 regular-season game had over 84,000 people in attendance.
Here is the full schedule for the 2019 NFL London Games:
October 6: Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
October 13: Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
October 27: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams, at Wembley Stadium
November 3: Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, at Wembley Stadium
It’s cool to see Tottenham’s $1.3 billion stadium will host one of the first-time teams in the Panthers, while Wembley will host the other in the Texans. Not to mention, Wembley also gets the Rams, who played in Super Bowl LIII, in the international series.
The NFL also announced its Mexico Game. The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers will clash in an AFC West and Monday Night Football showdown at Estadio Azteca on November 19 in Mexico City.
Whether you like it or not, the game is more global than ever, and more international are going to be played abroad as a result of it.
The league will release the full 2019 NFL schedule ahead of the NFL Draft on April 17.