Wednesday, November 25, 2015

RAMS will host the NFC East team in next year's International game in London and at Brand New Stadium

NFL ANNOUNCES 2016 INTERNATIONAL SERIES GAMES IN LONDON

The 2016 schedule features three games, a new stadium, and at least three new teams!

Three games.  A new stadium.  At least three new teams.
NFC EAST OPPONENT vs. ST. LOUIS RAMS
WASHINGTON REDSKINS vs. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Those are among the highlights of the 2016 UK International Series schedule as the NFL will reward its incredible UK fans for their passion and support by adding a new stadium experience atTwickenham and feature at least three teams that have not previously played a regular-season game in London.
The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS will host the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS in an AFC South division matchup in Week 4 on Sunday, October 2, at Wembley Stadium; in Week 7 on Sunday, October 23, in the first-ever NFL game at Twickenham Stadium, the ST. LOUIS RAMS will host the NFC East team that finishes in the same spot in the standings as the Rams do in the NFC West based on the NFL’s scheduling formula; and in Week 8 on Sunday, October 30, the CINCINNATI BENGALS will play their first international game when they host the WASHINGTON REDSKINS at Wembley.
The formula for the second game means that the Rams will face either the Philadelphia Eagles making their first regular-season trip to the UK, the Dallas Cowboys or New York Giants making return visits, or Washington becoming the first team to play in consecutive weeks in London.

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“The passion our UK fans have shown for the NFL is overwhelming,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  “We are very appreciative of the strong and growing fan support, not only for the games, but for all of the related NFL events we host in the UK throughout the year.  We look forward to welcoming new fans to their first NFL game in 2016 and welcoming back thousands of others that are helping our sport grow to new levels of popularity in London and beyond.”
The game times and a possible additional International Series game outside of the UK will be announced at a later date.
2015 Season Ticket holders will be able to renew their tickets for the 2016 games from 10am on Thursday, December 3rd. NFLUK will contact Season Ticket holders with details on how to renew. Further ticket information will follow soon. Click here for further news of Season Tickets renewals.
The 2016 UK International Series schedule:
Week
Date
Visiting Team
Home Team
Site
4
Sunday, October 2
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Wembley Stadium
7
Sunday, October 23
NFC East Opponent
St. Louis Rams
Twickenham Stadium
8
Sunday, October 30
Washington Redskins
Cincinnati Bengals
Wembley Stadium
The Jaguars will return to London for a fourth consecutive year.  Jacksonville first committed to playing a home game in the UK in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, all at Wembley, and last month extended that commitment through 2020.  The Jaguars will play their first division game in London when they host the Colts, a first-time participant in the International Series.
The St. Louis Rams will return to London for the first time since 2012 when they play host to an NFC East opponent based upon the order of finish in the 2015 regular-season standings.
The Bengals will play the first game in franchise history beyond the borders of the United States when they host Washington.  The AFC North leaders have qualified for the playoffs in each of the past four seasons.
Washington may play in consecutive weeks in London in 2016, depending on the final standings.  At minimum, they will face the Bengals in Week 8.  Washington will play in London in 2016 for the first time since a 1992 preseason American Bowl game at the old Wembley Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers.

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At the conclusion of the 2016 season, either 23 or 24 teams will have played in London since the inception of the International Series in 2007.   Since that time, the NFL has achieved accelerated growth in the UK.  Sunday viewership of NFL games has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75 percent.  The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships and, according to internal research, has a UK fan base of more than 13 million.
Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007, with the latest figures showing that 40,000 people age 16 or older play regularly.
A look at the 14 previous International Series games played at London’s Wembley Stadium:
Date
Visiting Team
Score
Home Team
Score
Attendance
October 28, 2007
New York Giants
13
Miami Dolphins
10
81,176
October 26, 2008
San Diego Chargers
32
New Orleans Saints
37
83,226
October 25, 2009
New England Patriots
35
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7
84,254
October 31, 2010
Denver Broncos
16
San Francisco 49ers
24
83,941
October 23, 2011
Chicago Bears
24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18
76,981
October 28, 2012
New England Patriots
45
St. Louis Rams
7
84,004
September 29, 2013
Pittsburgh Steelers
27
Minnesota Vikings
34
83,518
October 27, 2013
San Francisco 49ers
42
Jacksonville Jaguars
10
83,559
September 28, 2014
Miami Dolphins
38
Oakland Raiders
14
83,436
October 26, 2014
Detroit Lions
22
Atlanta Falcons
21
83,532
November 9, 2014
Dallas Cowboys
31
Jacksonville Jaguars
17
83,603
October 4, 2015
New York Jets
27
Miami Dolphins
14
83,986
October 25, 2015
Buffalo Bills
31
Jacksonville Jaguars
34
84,021
November 1, 2015
Detroit Lions
10
Kansas City Chiefs
45
83,624