The NFL announced on Tuesday the four games that will take place in London next season, the first time the league will play four games in one season in London.
The games will take start on either Week 3 or 4 next season and run through either Week 7 or 8, with the dates ranging from late September or early October until late October. The four games are equivalent to half a regular-season home schedule in London as the NFL looks to expand its international presence.
The four games will feature the Baltimore Ravens against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New Orleans Saints against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings against the Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium (the second team listed in those games will be considered the home team). Wembley Stadium is the home of English soccer and Twickenham Stadium is the home of English rugby.
The dates will be finalized during the announcement of the full NFL schedule next spring.
Next year’s slate of games will be the first regular-season games in London for three of the teams – the Cardinals, the Ravens and the Browns.
The Jaguars have played four games in London and the Dolphins have played three games there.
At the conclusion of the 2017 season, 26 teams will have played in London since the inception of the London Games Series in 2007. Since that time, the NFL has achieved accelerated growth in the UK. Sunday viewership of NFL games has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75 percent, according to the NFL. The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships and, according to internal research, has a UK fan base of more than 13 million, including close to 4 million avid fans.
Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007, with the latest figures from Sport England showing that 40,000 people age 14 or older play regularly. American football is now an officially recognized sport in UK universities and schools.
NFL’s 2017 Regular Season Games in London
|Date||Visiting Team||Home Team||Site|
|3 or 4||9/24/17 or 10/1/17||Baltimore Ravens||Jacksonville Jaguars||Wembley Stadium|
|3 or 4||9/24/17 or 10/1/17||New Orleans Saints||Miami Dolphins||Wembley Stadium|
|7 or 8||10/22/17 or 10/29/17||Minnesota Vikings||Cleveland Browns||Twickenham Stadium|
|7 or 8||10/22/17 or 10/29/17||Arizona Cardinals||Los Angeles Rams||Twickenham Stadium|
Past NFL Games in London
|Game||Date||Stadium||Visiting Team||Score||Home Team||Score||Attendance|
|1||10/28/2007||Wembley||New York Giants||13||Miami Dolphins||10||81,176|
|2||10/26/2008||Wembley||San Diego Chargers||32||New Orleans Saints||37||83,226|
|3||10/25/2009||Wembley||New England Patriots||35||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||84,254|
|4||10/31/2010||Wembley||Denver Broncos||16||San Francisco 49ers||24||83,941|
|5||10/23/2011||Wembley||Chicago Bears||24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||18||76,981|
|6||10/28/2012||Wembley||New England Patriots||45||St. Louis Rams||7||84,004|
|7||9/29/2013||Wembley||Pittsburgh Steelers||27||Minnesota Vikings||34||83,518|
|8||10/27/2013||Wembley||San Francisco 49ers||42||Jacksonville Jaguars||10||83,559|
|9||9/28/2014||Wembley||Miami Dolphins||38||Oakland Raiders||14||83,436|
|10||10/26/2014||Wembley||Detroit Lions||22||Atlanta Falcons||21||83,532|
|11||11/9/2014||Wembley||Dallas Cowboys||31||Jacksonville Jaguars||17||83,603|
|12||10/4/2015||Wembley||New York Jets||27||Miami Dolphins||14||83,986|
|13||10/25/2015||Wembley||Buffalo Bills||31||Jacksonville Jaguars||34||84,021|
|14||11/1/2015||Wembley||Detroit Lions||10||Kansas City Chiefs||45||83,624|
|15||10/2/2016||Wembley||Indianapolis Colts||27||Jacksonville Jaguars||30||83,764|
|16||10/23/2016||Twickenham||New York Giants||17||Los Angeles Rams||10||74,121|
|17||10/30/2016||Wembley||Washington Redskins||27||Cincinnati Bengals||27||84,488|