The league’s 2017 International Series came to a close with the Patriots’ 33-8 win over Oakland in Mexico City in Week 11. The NFL is already looking ahead to the 2018 slate of games, however, as the MMQB’s Albert Breer writes.
Next season’s series is poised to be one of the most important to date with the opening of a new stadium designed specifically for American football. Breer writes, “Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League opens its new 64,000-seat stadium next August, at an estimated cost of 400 million pounds. Ten million pounds (about $13.3 million U.S.) is coming directly from the NFL. In turn, the place will have locker rooms built for a football team, facilities for coaches and cheerleaders, and a sunk FieldTurf football field under a retractable grass surface for soccer that will allow for a conventional fan experience for both, without having to tarp seats for football.”
The fact that the NFL is helping finance a stadium in London should give plenty of indication about its future overseas. By teaming up with Tottenham, Breer notes the league is looking to dig into the Premier League culture and should a team decide to move to London in the next five to ten years, they will have an obvious home waiting for them. The NFL’s goal is to have a team in London in 2022 to mark the 15-year anniversary of the International Series. This is a strong move to realizing that goal.
Though there is no confirmation the NFL is looking at Tottenham as a possible home for a team in the future, the writing is on the wall.
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