NFL, Tottenham announce 10-year deal to play games in new London stadium
The NFL has announced a 10-year agreement to play at least two games per year at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, which is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in 2018. The new stadium will have a capacity of roughly 60,000.
Pro Football Talk reports that this does not mean the end of games at Wembley Stadium, where the NFL has played its London games since 2007.
Both Tottenham’s official website and the NFL UK website released a statement regarding the new deal:
"The state-of-the-art stadium, due to open in the summer of 2018, will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that would be used for NFL games. This innovative field will add greater flexibility in the scheduling of games, with the NFL having its own playing surface for games held at this venue. This field will be multi-use and capable of hosting other sporting, entertainment and community events.”
The NFL has long discussed permanently placing a franchise in London, and this deal expands the possibilities of where that team might play its home games.