September 22, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
With NFL season in full swing, a look into this year’s three International Series games
The NFL has created a trend that will stay around the league for years to come, as certain teams are selected to play overseas in London, England in the NFL International Series. For this season—which just began Week 2 last night with the Denver Broncos defeating the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football—there are three games scheduled at Wembley Stadium in one month’s span. Tickets to the NFL International games on international ticket reseller, Ticketbis, are yielding some high prices, proving how popular the game is received overseas. The first game is between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets on October 4. It is the first NFL International Series game that has two opponents from the same division. The average ticket price is $419.31 with a get-in price of $134 and is by far and away the most expensive of the three games. The average ticket price has been on the rise since late-April, when the average price was $192.96 (April 22). Exactly three weeks later, the Jacksonville Jaguars square off against the Buffalo Bills on October 25 in the same location. With an average ticket price of $196.62 and a get-in price of $83, it is the second most expensive of the three games. The Jacksonville Jaguars are participating in the International Series for the third straight series and are searching for their first win, while the Bills will look to be continuing their momentum under new head coach Rex Ryan. Jaguars tickets in London are averaging more than $50 above Jaguars tickets in the United States, which come in at $144.07 across the remainder of the season, according to TiqIQ. The third and final game is between the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions on November 1. The average ticket price is obviously the lowest of the three games at $170.79 with a get-in price of $81. The Lions won the closest International Series game ever last season with a narrow 22-21 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons and are participating for the second time ever. The series started in 2007 and only had one game per year until 2012. In 2013, the International Series had two games in one season for the first time, grew to three games in 2014 and has stayed at three games this season. The popularity of the games overseas has generated discussions about the NFL having a team in London full time. The travel logistics would be the largest concern, but it seems if any league is going to have a team from Europe in its league in the future, the NFL would be the proactive leader.