NFL and Tottenham Hotspur announced today that they have reached agreement for a 10-year partnership at the Premier League team’s new stadium in London.
A minimum of two games per year will be played during the partnership in the state-of-the-art stadium, due to open in the summer of 2018.
The innovative field will allow greater flexibility of game scheduling, as the NFL will have its own playing surface at the stadium.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: "With growing enthusiasm for the NFL in the United Kingdom, we are committed to hosting NFL games in world-class venues and are excited to partner with Tottenham Hotspur to play games at their future stadium.
“We share a vision and commitment to creating the best experience for our teams, fans and the local community.”
As well as the minimum of two games per year taking place at the new Tottenham stadium, NFL games may take place at other venues across the United Kingdom during the 10-year agreement.
The NFL is hoping to extend the successful agreement it has with Wembley Stadium beyond 2016, having staged 11 games so far there since 2007, when the NFL International Series first began.
David Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, said: "We have an opportunity now to deliver one of the most unique sporting and entertainment venues in the world, bringing together the EPL and NFL for the first time."
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, welcomed the agreement: “Anyone who has seen American Football at Wembley Stadium cannot fail to have been thrilled by the spectacle, and the wise heads that run the NFL have clearly not missed the fact that Londoners are going absolutely gangbusters for Gridiron.
“We are already working very closely with the NFL, including on plans to get more Londoners involved in the sport, and we believe that building on the success of NFL at Wembley by staging more games in an area of the city that has been earmarked for a massive programme of economic regeneration and investment makes perfect sense.
“Touchdowns in Tottenham can only add to our reputation as a global sporting powerhouse, and help us take another step towards our goal of having a permanent NFL franchise here in London."
This wouldn't be the first time Tottenham hosts the gridiron, as the London Monarchs played their home games at White Hart Lane during the 1995 and 1996 NFL Europe seasons.
This year, Wembley will have three NFL games, New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins on October 4, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on October 25, and Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs on November 1.
The Jets vs. Dolphins game will be the first time an NFL divisional game is played in London.