In 2007 the National Football League (NFL) started hosting regular season American football games outside of the United States every year, in a series known as the NFL International Series. Since the sport made its way across the pond over 9 years ago, it has proved immensely popular in London, with games being held annually at Wembley Stadium.
In October 2015 a huge crowd of 83,986 flocked to Wembley to watch the New York Jets defeat the Miami Dolphins, and this year’s games are already set to see an even larger crowd as popularity of American football in the UK continues to rise. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said “The passion our UK fans have shown for the NFL is overwhelming. We are really appreciative of the strong and growing fan support, not only for the games but for all of the related NFL events we host in the UK throughout the year.”
The first of 3 rounds of entertainment for American football fans in the UK was on October 2nd, which saw Jacksonville Jaguars secure their first win of the NFL season after beating Indianapolis Colts 30-27 at Wembley. The much anticipated match followed on from the 4th annual ‘NFL on Regent Street’ event which was held this year on October 1st. The popular street party included on stage appearances by coaches and players, interviews with NFL legends and performances by the Jackson Jaguars cheerleaders.
The second match of the 2016 International Series is going to be the first ever NFL game held at Twickenham Stadium, where the Los Angeles Rams will go head to head with the New York Giants on October 23rd. The series will be round off on Sunday 30th October where the Cincinnati Bengals will play their first international game. They will be taking on the Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium, and prior to the game, NFL are hosting a traditional American tailgate party. Starting at 8.30am, the party will feature appearances from NFL Hall of Famers, performances from the teams’ cheerleaders and music acts.
With tickets still available for both remaining UK games, there’s no reason not to experience the thrill of American football this autumn. If you are looking to attend the upcoming games, then make a weekend of it and book in for a comfortable stay at the Bull Hotel, perfectly located in Gerrards Cross, just a direct 20 minute train journey from Wembley Stadium, and less than 20 miles from Twickenham Stadium. Put your feet up and relax after a long day in one of our comfortable bedrooms, or enjoy a post-game drink in the Jack Shrimpton Bar.
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