The National Football League (NFL) has announced the schedule for its London Games 2018, with Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground set to host one game, instead of two as originally announced, in its first year.
With the new White Hart Lane only now featuring one American football game, it means that the NFL has reduced its current four-games in the capital to three, with Twickenham losing hosting rights.
Twickenham hosted a regular season game last season in what was the venue’s final match under an initial deal signed in November 2015. The deal gave the NFL rights to play a minimum of three regular-season games at Twickenham over a three-year period and the opportunity to stage two additional games over the same period.
Spurs has a ten-year deal with the league to stage two games a season, but the stadium will feature its only game of the season on 14th October when the Oakland Raiders host the Seattle Seahawks.
Wembley, which has hosted games since 2007, gets its 19th and 20th games over the following two weekends, welcoming the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Philedelphia Eagles, and the Los Angeles Chargers taking on the Tennesse Titans. The Jags currently have an agreement to play one game in London until 2020.
“The announcement of the first game of the NFL’s 2018 London games to take place at our new home heralds the commencement of our 10-year partnership,” said the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy. “This is one of the cornerstones of our vision for creating a world-class sports and leisure destination that will make Tottenham a hive of activity 365 days a year, and drive the regeneration of one of the most deprived areas of London.”