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Arizona Cardinals to play in London in 2017

The Arizona Cardinals will play a true road game against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London next season, according to the team.

For the first time in the franchise's history, the Arizona Cardinals will cross the pond and play a regular season contest in London.

In 2017, Arizona will travel to Twickenham Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Rams in what will be considered a home contest for the Rams. 

The Cardinals and Rams will match up in one of four contests taking place in London next season, which is a record number of contests the NFL has scheduled overseas.

Next season's contest will take place either the weekend of Oct. 22 or Oct. 29, according to the Cardinals' team website.

This season marked the first time Twickenham Stadium has hosted an NFL game, as the league has traditionally played its London contests at Wembley Stadium, a soccer stadium which has a capacity of 90,000. Twickenham Stadium played host to the contest between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants this season, which served as the first professional sporting event other than rugby to be played inside the stadium.

This is not the first time the Cardinals will travel to England to play a game, but next season's matchup will mark the first time in franchise history the team will play a regular season game overseas. In 1983, the Cardinals played against the Minnesota Vikings in England's Wembley Stadium in a preseason matchup which marked the first time the NFL scheduled a game in England.

Arizona was also part of the NFL's first game that took place outside of North America, as the Cardinals battled the San Diego Chargers in Tokyo in 1976. 

The 2017 matchup between the Rams and Cardinals in Twickenham Stadium marks the first time the Cardinals will play outside of the United States since the team's 31-14 victory over San Francisco that took place at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City in 2005. That game was the first regular season contest the NFL ever scheduled outside the United States.

2017 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the NFL's first regular season game in London, which took place in 2007 between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. Since that year, the NFL has made it a mission to expand the interest of the league outside the country by consistently scheduling games overseas, and that initiative has clearly expanded with the prospects of four games that will take place in London next season.

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