American football will return to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October following confirmation of the 2021 NFL London games.
Hosting two fixtures in N17 back in 2019 as part of the club’s 10-year deal with the NFL, the coronavirus pandemic meant that no games could take place at the stadium last season.
The income from the NFL games wasn’t the only money Tottenham missed out on as boxing, rugby union and rugby league events, as well as a number of concerts, were also cancelled as a result of the pandemic.
However, with fans set to return to live sport events from next week, the club announced on Wednesday that they will once again be hosting NFL action at their state-of-the-art stadium.
The first game sees the Atlanta Falcons host the New York Jets on Sunday, October 10, with Jacksonville Jaguars at home the following week when they take on the Miami Dolphins.
With Wembley also hosting two NFL games in 2019 as well as Spurs, it has been confirmed that this year’s fixtures at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are the only ones to be staged in the UK.
Speaking to the club’s official website about the return of NFL, Todd Kline, Tottenham’s chief commercial officer, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the NFL back to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and to host four new teams and their fans. It will once again be a tremendous boost for London and our local economy.
“The Club was thrilled with the feedback it received from the NFL, its coaches, players and fans alike after the first NFL games here in 2019.
“We shall be doing all we can to ensure we create even more great memories for all those that come to experience these two exciting matchups later this year.”
Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, added: “The NFL has become a regular fixture in the UK’s brilliant sporting calendar and I’m delighted to welcome the League back to London for another season.
“This is a major vote of confidence in our country’s progress to bring coronavirus under control and our ability to stage major sporting events safely.
“Our Events Research Programme is playing an important role in testing the safe return of fans and will inform our decision making on getting people back watching live sport again safely in greater numbers.”
Source by Football London