New deal sees NFL to play three games at Twickenham over three years, which could be increased to five games over the three-year period
The RFU have announced a joint venture with the NFL to host a minimum of three regular season games at Twickenham Stadium over a three-year period. While figures haven’t been released, this has the hallmark of a significant deal between both of the sport’s governing bodies and is the first of its kind for the RFU.
The deal will commence in October 2016 with the selected teams for this game being revealed later this year. Furthermore the deal will also give the NFL the opportunity to stage two more games over the same period.
Sophie Goldschmidt, RFU Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer was delighted with the deal.
She said: “We are delighted to welcome the NFL to Twickenham – a stadium that has played such an integral role in what has been the biggest Rugby World Cup ever,
“The NFL has a strong and growing fan base in the UK, and this, combined with the investments we’ve made in our stadium will give fans more opportunities to experience the action first-hand at a world-class venue.
“We look forward to working with the NFL on this partnership.”
Mark Waller, executive vice-president of international, NFL, added: “We are committed to continuing to grow our sport in the UK and believe that adding Twickenham Stadium to our roster of host venues in London is further evidence of that commitment.
“We are very excited to give our fans the opportunity to enjoy NFL action at another world-class venue famous for attracting loyal and passionate fans from across the globe.”
After a successful roll-out at Wembley stadium, the NFL said that it had extended its deal with the home of football util 2020, with the venue hosting at least two regular-season games a year until 2020.