The Minnesota Vikings will be one of eight teams playing a game in London in 2017, the NFL announced on Tuesday morning.
The Vikings will be considered the visiting team, playing against the Cleveland Browns on either Oct. 22 or Oct. 29 next year, keeping all eight of their regular-season home games at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.
This is the first time that the NFL will play four games in London. The other games, being hosted at either Wembley Stadium or Twickenham Stadium, will be played between Sept. 24 and Oct. 29, featuring the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars, the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins, and the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams. The Vikings will play at Twickenham Stadium.
It will mark the Vikings’ second regular-season game in London, having beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 at Wembley Stadium in 2013.
“We are honored to once again represent the NFL on a global level and help grow the game of football,” said Mark Wilf, president and owner of the Vikings. “This is a unique opportunity to continue highlighting the Vikings brand on an international stage and to give our fans around the world another opportunity to see their favorite team up close.”
Since games in London began in 2007, 23 teams have played 17 regular-season games in the United Kingdom over the past 10 years, and the series’ popularity continues to grow. The UK fan base now includes more than 13 million people, while Sunday viewership has doubled and the Super Bowl audience has grown by more than 75 percent, according to the NFL.