NFL Returns to UK This Autumn
American football will once again bring the fans of the sport back to London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The National Football League has announced the return of its International Series, with the first game scheduled for October 10. That Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons will host the New York Jets, followed by a matchup between Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins on October 17. Both games will start at 2:30 PM UK time. While the sport might not be as popular as its European variant, we don’t doubt the football betting sites will manage to find a few spots for these matches. This is a long-awaited continuation of the NFL’s London Games after the world went into lockdown in early 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have been working closely with the UK government, the city of London and the relevant health organisations over the past year in planning the games. Through their successful vaccine rollout and commitment to bringing crowds back to sports events, the time is right for the return of NFL football this fall. We will continue to monitor the Covid environment, putting health and safety first, and will adhere to any and all future Covid regulations and restrictions,” said the NFL’s executive vice president, Christopher Halpin.
The NFL’s previous events in London were met with very positive reactions from UK sports fans and officials. During the 2017-2019 season, American football has become a regular event in the sports calendar and a significant boost to the country’s economy. The clubs share the sentiment:
“The Jaguars are honoured to return to London, our home away from home, and continue in our mission to grow the NFL and promote Jacksonville in the UK and beyond. […] With Urban Meyer as our head coach, we’ll be arriving with an entirely new look, and attitude that I’m confident will meet the approval of our Union Jax supporters. I’m also hoping that many of our loyal fans in Jacksonville can join us in London for a great experience and to ratchet up the home-field advantage,” said the Jaguars’ team owner, Shad Khan.
Fans can register for early tickets on the official NFL website. They are advised to do it sooner rather than later, as the tickets will be flying fast once the sale starts.