This past Sunday, our beloved London, England hosted its second of three NFL games at Wembley Stadium in 2015. Wembley, host of many football matches, got to experience and learn about the crazy sport that the United States obsesses over. As an attempt to gain exposure and gain popularity throughout Europe, the “American” football league has been sending teams across the pond since 2007.
While the fans and citizens of England are going through an adjustment and learning process, so are the players and coaches. Teams have been experimenting with different ways to keep their players comfortable and making London feel more like home. Prior to their October 4th match up at Wembley Stadium, the New York Jets, who were facing the Miami Dolphins, decided to ship 350 rolls of toilet paper overseas to help with…
SO, moving on…this past Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars faced off against the Buffalo Bills. For many in the U.S., this is not the most attractive game on the schedule, however, as you can see, that didn’t stop the fans from coming out in full force (Get it?).
Basically, it’s a really cool reason to go spend some time drinking tea and eating crumpets (or drinking pints and eating fish and chips…either way), while also supporting your team that you’ve learned to hate love.
There is one more game left on the NFL schedule that will be played in London. The Detroit Lions will be facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs. There have also been talks about expanding games to other venues and cities throughout Europe! Some other options that have been discussed are Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. They would be playing in Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Croke Park respectively.
With a growing global market in nearly all industries, it seemed like it was a no-brainer for the NFL to also try and expand. We’re hoping that these games are giving exposure of these specific places in Europe and other continents to people that might not view certain countries as a viable destination. I, for one, can’t wait to see where they are going to send our teams next!
Tune in this Sunday at 9:30 AM EST to watch the Detroit Lions take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Yahoo live-stream.