Listen up sports fans! This year’s NFL games are vast approaching, and with the London line up looking as exciting as it does, you won’t want to miss a second.
The championship returns to London this season with a total of four NFL London Games fixtures. Two of the matches will take place at Wembley Stadium – the home of the city’s NFL matches since back in 2007, and the last two will be played at the all-new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – a first for this year.
Interested? We thought so! We’ve put together a guide for what exactly you can expect from this important event in the sporting calendar, with some tips and tricks added in too.
London will be extra busy, so book your accommodation early
As with any other major event in the capital, it will mean that everywhere nearby the matches (and sometimes a little further afield) will be super busy. That means the hotels will be booked up months in advance, and you’re likely to have to queue a bit longer at the bars for a drink. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, don’t worry – there’s still time to find somewhere perfect if you use a bit of know-how.
We have know-how by the bucket load. Premier Club Rewards is your gateway to a collection of fantastic hotels in London. With select locations in Central London, the West End and London Heathrow, you’ll find a great hotel wherever you go. So whether you opt for something super near the action towards Wembley or Tottenham, or if you prefer being in the midst of the general London action in one of the top hotels near Piccadilly, we’ve got you covered.
The fixtures – what you need to see
There’s always a lot of speculation before the matches are confirmed by the NFL, but we’re pleased to share the 100% accurate and up to date listings:
- Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders — Sunday, 6 October, 18:00, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, 13 October, 14:30 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Cincinnati Bengals @ Los Angeles Rams — Sunday, 27 October, 17:00 at Wembley Stadium
- Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars — Sunday, 3 November, 14:30 at Wembley Stadium
By the close of the 2019 games, 31 of the 32 NFL teams will have played here in the UK. This year’s matches will experience the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars compete for the coveted winner’s title at Spurs’ Stadium and Wembley.
After this season, the only team to have not played in London (or the UK) will be the Green Bay Packers. Because the Packers are playing the AFC West in 2020 and their match against the Chargers is programmed on the road, the idea was that the Packers would go against the Chargers in London. However, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reported back in December that the game is going to take place in L.A. and so they won’t be on the road again for the London 2019 games.
The venues – where you need to be
For the first time in UK’s NFL history, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host the opening two NFL London Games 2019 matches on the 6th of October. One week later, the Carolina Panthers will play their first match in London as they meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the 13th of October.
The fun then returns to Wembley Stadium on the 27th of October, when the Los Angeles Rams go head to head with the Cincinnati Bengals. The final on the 3rd of November will see the London debutantes Houston Texans battle it out with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are coming back to Wembley for their seventh home game in the UK.
The brand-new Tottenham Hotspur venue is especially exciting as it’s the first purpose-built NFL stadium to be built outside the United States – so expect something really special from the matches there. The arena seats a staggering 62,062 fans, and cost an even-more staggering £850 million to construct. It was all set to host last year’s London games as part of a ten-year deal with the league, but building hold-ups meant they had to take place at Wembley instead. The stadium’s functional design guarantees it will be a touchdown for both players and fans alike – it includes a retractable grass pitch for the American football matches, plus special entrances, dressing rooms, expert medical areas and media amenities, which were all made with the NFL in mind.
The tickets – how much do they cost?
There is a variety of ticket classifications available, with the cheapest child tickets costing £23 at Wembley and the most costly tickets costing £160, which secures you a central spot on the sideline.
The pricing generally differs depending on where you want to sit in each of the stadiums, so check out the website with the full seating plan with prices to get a full idea of what you’ll pay and what you’ll see.
Any other tips?
You may have spotted that a lot of the tickets are sold out on the different ticketing websites, especially the cheaper ones. So if you didn’t manage to get lucky this season, but still want to experience the fun of the tournament, there are still plenty of ways to do just that.
You’ll be pleased to know that all of the games will be shown live on Sky Sports with full commentary and report from the experts, meaning you can tune in from the comfort of your hotels near Piccadilly.
If you’d rather venture out, there are countless great sports pubs in London that will be showing these games, so do a little digging to find the best one for you, and arrive early to get a seat. If you’re on the move during your time in London, it will also be shown live on Sky Go which you can download on your mobile, PC and tablet to enjoy later on in your hotel room, or on your travels.