NFL Adds Third Game in London in 2014
The Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Oakland Raiders will be the "home" teams in three games in London, England during the 2014 season. These three teams want a new stadium. The NFL reportedly is looking to add a franchise in London as well.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan just kicked in $20 million of his own money for improvements to EverBank Field. The Falcons recently chose a spot just south of the Georgia Dome for their new $1 billion stadium. Looking to replace the Coliseum, Raiders arescouting land in Concord.
No opponents were announced, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell said he is adding more games because of the popularity:
"Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more," Goodell said. "Both of this year's games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game."
Jacksonville plays against San Francisco in 19 days. Atlanta and Oakland have not played in London. The game between Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers drew 83,000 people. The stadium can house 90,000 or 105,000 including seating and standing.