The National Football League has been playing an annual NFL game in London, specifically at Wembley Stadium, since 2007. We're only a few days from opening kickoff of the 2014 NFL season, and the hype surrounding NFL games in London and the United Kingdom in general is starting to balloon. This year, for the first time ever, three regular season NFL games will be played in London. Fueled by sell-out crowds and fantastic pre-game parades, watching the NFL in London is an event which won't disappoint even the most diehard American football fans. If you're hoping to catch an NFL game this year but don't want to dish out the hundreds of dollars necessary to attend an NFL game in the United States, consider making a detour during your European road trip to visit storied Wembley Stadium where you can watch a live game for less than $100.
The bizarre but wonderful atmosphere at Wembley is often described as the perfect blend of the beer-soaked American football venue, British soccer hooliganism, and a diverse medley of fans who may have traveled across the world to watch a quintessential American football game. Here we'll take a look at the three NFL games scheduled to be played at Wembley this season. We'll let you decide which game is the best fit for you, based on your team allegiance and travel itinerary.
September 28: Miami Dolphins @ Oakland Raiders
In 2013, the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders were considered among the worst teams in the NFL, a fact which perhaps correlates to this game being the least expensive to watch in Wembley Stadium. With tickets starting at £45, a ticket to the Dolphins/Raiders game is cheaper than most premier league soccer tickets, where it could cost you upwards of £120 to watch an Arsenal game. The Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders have among the largest international followings, due to their extensive success in the 1980's and early 90's, which means you're bound to run into American, British, and international fans from across the world while taking in this game.
October 26: Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons
Predicting how an NFL team will fare in any given season is tricky. Countless bets, friendships, and yes, even jobs have been lost due to incorrect predictions by amateurs and analysts alike. That being said, if roster talent is any indication of future success, the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons are sure to be contenders in the 2014 season. Sporting two of the best offenses in the NFL with arguably the league's best wide receivers, this match is likely to be a shootout with big hits which will excite even casual NFL fans.
November 9: Dallas Cowboys @ Jacksonville Jaguars
For a true flag-waving Texan, a Cowboy's game in London might be the perfect way to shake off the homesick blues. Their opponents, the Jacksonville Jaguars, are a relatively new NFL team which has shown both great promise and great disappointment over its nearly two decade history. Last year they showed considerable improvement for the first time in several years, and, following a great draft, the Jaguars appear to be on the upswing. The NFL has flirted with the idea of relocating an NFL franchise to London for several years, and the consensus is that if this comes to fruition the Jaguar's are the most likely team to move. Consider acquiring a Jag's jersey while in the UK and you may have yourself a collector's item.
With a rental car in London from Auto Europe, travelers can tour the city at their leisure, attending any 2014 NFL game in London without being held hostage by congested public transportation schedules and heavy crowds one is sure to encounter on busy sporting-event days.