The NFL has announced details of the three regular-season games it will play in London during the 2014 season. The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Falcons will host the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raiders will host the Miami Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium as part of the league’s International Series. The dates and times of the games will be announced at a later date.
“Our fans in the UK continue to demonstrate their passion for more football,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Next year for the first time we will play three regular-season games in London. We have scheduled three attractive games with four teams playing in their first International Series game. The growing enthusiasm for the NFL internationally is exciting and we look forward to continuing to respond to this interest in our game.”
The Jaguars, who face the San Francisco 49ers in London on October 27, have committed to playing a home game in the UK in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, all at Wembley. Miami will make its second visit to London for a regular-season game after hosting the New York Giants in the inaugural International Series contest in 2007. Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit and Oakland will all play their first international regular-season game next season.
The International Series has increased NFL fan interest in the UK, with a current fan base of more than 12 million, including 2.5 million avid fans, a 30 percent increase in avid fans in the past two years, according to the NFL.