The National Football League (NFL) announced that it has extended its agreement to play at London’s Wembley Stadium for five more years during its regular season.
At least two games a year will be played at Wembley through 2020, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, who already play a game every year in London, will continue to travel and play there annually throughout the agreement.
“This new agreement extends a very successful, long-term relationship,” says Mark Waller, NFL EVP of international. “It is very exciting to be making this announcement in the same week that we will reach 1 million fans for the International Series in London.”
The NFL has staged regular-season games at Wembley since 2007 and is playing three games there in 2015, as it did in 2014.
During the summer, the NFL and English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur agreed to play a minimum of two games per year during a 10-year partnership at Tottenham’s new state-of-the-art stadium, which is set to open in 2018.
“These agreements reiterate the NFL’s commitment to the UK, with two stadium deals running concurrently,” Waller says. “To be playing in Wembley, the national stadium, and at Tottenham, in what will be London’s newest stadium, is fantastic. We are very appreciative of the Jaguars extending their commitment to the UK market, which emphasizes the club’s and league’s strong ambition to continue to grow the fan base for NFL football beyond the borders of the United States.”
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