Jacksonville Jaguars Confirm Regular London Games
By Community | August 22, 2012
National Football League (NFL) team the Jacksonville Jaguars have confirmed that they will play one home game for the next four years at Wembley Stadium in London.
The Jaguars will play one regular-season home game at Wembley in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. The date of the 2013 game as well as the opposing team will be announced in the months ahead.
Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner said: “Our goal is to continue to grow the game, and this commitment by the Jacksonville Jaguars represents a major step forward in our international efforts.
““We have had a tremendously positive reaction to our sport in the UK and we’re excited that the Jaguars are seizing this opportunity to raise the profile for the team as well as the Jacksonville community.
“The NFL is committed to working with Shad Khan and the Jaguars in every respect to help them grow their brand and fan base through the NFL International Series and the many opportunities these games will offer.”
Shad Khan, Owner of the Jaguars added: “The Jacksonville Jaguars will be a bold and ambitious NFL franchise. Playing a home game in London over four seasons is consistent with our vision to introduce and grow the Jaguars brand globally, and we’re appreciative of the support from the Jacksonville business community to make this a reality and winning proposition for everyone.
“This is a priceless opportunity to share the business, tourism and lifestyle story of Jacksonville with international audiences, and I know it will give the Jaguars a unique and powerful identity within the league and beyond.”
On October 11, 2011, NFL owners approved a resolution that authorized the league to schedule regular-season games in the UK in each of the next five years, including determining the number of games per season, the venue and the competing teams.
All clubs were permitted to volunteer to play at least one regular-season game per year as a home team in the UK on an annual basis for up to five years, and the Jaguars’ proposal was selected.
In addition to the Jaguars’ 2013 game in London, the league is working to add a second game in the UK next year, with the intention of finalizing details in the coming months.
The confirmation comes after speculation the Jaguars would step in after the St. Louis Rams pulled out of their original commitment to play in London.