Skip to main content

NFL signs up for third London game in 2014

updated 7:09 PM EDT, Wed October 9, 2013
NFL was a hit with the European fans when the Minnesota Vikings played the Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL was a hit with the European fans when the Minnesota Vikings played the Pittsburgh Steelers
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The NFL will hold three regular season games in London in 2014
  • Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders to play in London
  • The games will be held at Wembley Stadium
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell praised enthusiasm of UK fans

(CNN) -- American football is continuing its love affair with London.

The NFL announced Tuesday it will stage another regular season game in the British capital in 2014.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders will each host a home game at Wembley Stadium next season.

A regular season game was first played in London in 2007 but, for the first time this season, two games were scheduled on the opposite side of the Atlantic.

The NFL's global strategy
Luck: NFL is ready for gay players

The Minnesota Vikings played to a sell-out crowd in September as they finally ended their season drought with victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Read: Europeans learn to love American football

The Jackonsonville Jaguars face the San Francisco 49ers on 27 October. Both NFL games at Wembley Stadium sold out within hours.

"Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

"Both of this year's games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow.

"By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game."

The sport is hungry to increase its global profile and the appetite for American football in London suggests the feeling is mutual.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 4:14 PM EDT, Tue April 22, 2014
Golfer attacked by hornets, flying gymnasts and a squirrel on the infield -- experience the sporting week in pictures.
updated 9:08 AM EDT, Fri April 4, 2014
The 2002 bomb attacks in Bali had many victims -- including a touring rugby team from Hong Kong.
Photographer Danny Lyon spent three days with Muhammad Ali in 1972 and shares his best photos and memories of the champ.
updated 7:54 AM EST, Tue February 25, 2014
With a growing audience boosted by the drama of ice hockey on show in Sochi at the Winter Olympics, can the sport capitalize on its popularity?
updated 6:25 AM EST, Mon January 20, 2014
Her paintings may sell for thousands of dollars, but she is best known for a modeling shot 50 years ago that helped launch a business empire.
updated 12:01 PM EST, Thu January 9, 2014
When the eye of the storm closes in most people head home -- but for these surfers it's a different story.
updated 9:45 AM EST, Mon January 6, 2014
Gareth Evans is a school teacher in South Africa. In 1983, he attended a "rebel tour" cricket match against the West Indies.
updated 10:07 AM EST, Tue December 17, 2013
In the wake of protests in his native Ukraine, heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has turned his back on boxing to focus on his political ambitions.
updated 5:20 AM EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
Former pole vaulter Sergei Bubka is running to be president of the International Olympic Committee.
The Olympics must use its global reach and immense popularity to help save a generation, says sporting icon Sergei Bubka.
updated 12:32 PM EDT, Wed August 7, 2013
CNN's Fred Pleitgen exposes a history of German government-funded doping throughout the Cold War.
updated 12:28 PM EDT, Tue April 9, 2013
A competitor crosses the erg Znaigui during the second stage of the 26rd edition of the 'Marathon des Sables', on April 4, 2011, some 300 Kilometers, South of Ouarzazate in Morocco. The marathon is considered one of the hardest in the world, with 900 participants having to walk 250 kms (150 miles) for seven days in the Moroccan Sahara.
A six-day run that covers more than 220 km through the scorching heat of the Sahara desert has been billed as the "World's toughest race."
updated 7:49 AM EDT, Wed April 10, 2013
He plays the only sport approved by the Taliban, a game he learned as a war refugee in Pakistan.
ADVERTISEMENT