The NFL will play at least two games a year at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London through 2029, the league announced Thursday, expanding a deal for contests at the Premier League venue.
In addition the stadium will be given official status by the league as the “Home of the NFL in the UK.”
“Growing the game globally is a major strategic priority for the league,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Our commitment to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will allow us to continue to bring extraordinary NFL experiences to fans in London, while creating a positive social and economic impact on the local community.”
Tottenham Hotspur and @NFL have today announced the expansion of their partnership through the 2029-2030 season.A minimum of two regular season games a year will be played at @SpursStadium, the Home of the NFL in the UK.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 14, 2023
The NFL began playing games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with two contests in 2019 and, after missing 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has played there twice a year the past two seasons.
Tottenham’s stadium will be the site for NFL games this season on October 8 between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills and October 15 between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.
The NFL began playing games in London at Wembley Stadium in 2007 and will return to that venue on October 1 when the Jaguars face the Atlanta Falcons.
Two other NFL games in Europe this year will be staged at Frankfurt, Germany, in November.
Sold-out Tottenham crowds have already seen 12 of the NFL’s 32 clubs.
Tottenham Hotspur and NFL announced an expansion of their partnership through the 2029 – 2030 NFL season. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will officially be the home of the NFL in the UK. A minimum of two NFL games a year will continue to be played there. pic.twitter.com/xcDgWeo1K8— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 14, 2023
“Our partnership with the NFL has been integral to our wider vision for the stadium and delivering a sports and entertainment destination in London,” Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy said.
“Creating additional recurring sources of revenue to reinvest in our football activities is a key part of the club’s financial model.
“As the NFL continues to grow its fan base throughout Europe, we are extremely proud to be given official status as the Home of the NFL in the UK and look forward to seeing the excitement gamedays bring to Tottenham for many more years to come.”
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)