NFL RETURN TO WEMBLEY

American Football is set to return to Wembley Stadium in 2010 as the San Francisco 49ers will face the Denver Broncos on Sunday 31st October.

The match is part of the NFL’s International Series of competitive, regular-season games which has been a  huge success since the NFL decided to stage outside of the US.

In 2005, the Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-14 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, drawing the NFL's highest match attendance at the time with 103,467 fans.

The NFL opted to bring regular-season games to England in 2007, with Miami Dolphins facing New York Giants in the inaugural game, that saw 40,000 tickets being sold in the first 90 minutes.

“For the past three years we have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in the UK,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We want to continue to build on that passion by strengthening our ties to our existing UK fans and creating new ones.”

Roger Maslin, Managing Director of Wembley Stadium said: “It is fantastic news that the NFL are to return to Wembley for the fourth consecutive year.

“It is clear that there is a huge appetite for NFL in the UK and the Wembley game is without doubt one of the most popular events on our calendar. We are delighted by this news and look forward to working with the NFL again this year and putting on a spectacular event for the 49ers and the Broncos and all the NFL fans.”

There have been rumours of a second game returning to the United Kingdom this season, but this has yet to be confirmed by the NFL.

Posted on 15/01/2010