Jacksonville Jaguars to play four games in London
The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a deal to play one regular season home game at London’s Wembley Stadium each season over a four-year period starting 2013.
The National Football League (NFL) began playing annual games at Wembley Stadium in 2007, in an attempt to grow the game internationally. The Jaguars are the only team committed to playing home games there on an annual basis. Last week, the St. Louis Rams withdrew their plans to play in London in 2013 and 2014.
“We want to create an identity, a bold ambitious franchise that is aggressive, forward thinking on the field and away from the field,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said at a press conference. “And we want to be the kind of franchise that players want to belong to, sponsors want to be a part of, Jacksonville is proud of and fans all over really want to embrace.”
The plans so far have been received positively from Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and many veteran Jaguars players.
According to the NFL, the games played in London have led to a 32 percent increase in fan interest with the 2 million people in Britain who are considered followers of the sport.