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The National Football League (NFL) has announced the extension of its partnership with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which has now been given official status as the “Home of the NFL” in the United Kingdom.
NFL has been played in the regular season London since 2007, featuring regularly at Wembley and then at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since its long-awaited 2019 opening. The ground is the first, and only, to be built specifically for NFL games.
Its primary function, of course, remains to host football – English ‘soccer', that is – matches in the Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and European competitions.
How many NFL games are played at Tottenham each year?
This latest agreement announced by the NFL means that a minimum of two regular season games will be played at Tottenham's ground.
This builds on the many games already played in North London. In fact, a dozen of the NFL's 32 teams have experienced the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and two games are currently scheduled for the 2023 NFL London Games in October.
What NFL games are at Tottenham in 2023?
14 October, 14:30 BST – Jacksonville Jaguars vs Buffalo BIlls
15 October, 14:30 BST – Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans
Are there any NFL games at Wembley this year?
The other stadium to regularly host NFL fixtures in London has, of course, been Wembley, the home of the England men's and women's national teams and host of all major domestic finals in English football.
And, yes, in 2023, one fixture will be played at Wembley: Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville Jaguars on 1 October (14:30 BST).
How to get tickets for NFL at Tottenham
Anyone wishing to attend the NFL at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will need to register an account on the ticket website, which you can access here.
How much do tickets for NFL games at Tottenham cost?
Adult tickets for the October 2023 fixtures range from £64 to £155. Season tickets are also available, providing access to both games, which range from £128 to £310 and so offer no saving on the individual ticket price.
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What was the first NFL game at Tottenham?
The Chicago Bears played against the Oakland Raiders on 6 October 2019 and a 60,463-strong crowd watched the Raiders win 24-21. The first touchdown was scored by Josh Jacobs.
Fixtures in 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the NFL returned to London and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium the following year when the Atlanta Falcons hosted the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguards faced the Miami Dolphins, both in October.
Another two regular season games followed in October 2022 when the New Orleans Saints played the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers hosted the New York Giants.
How much money do Spurs make from their NFL deal?
The NFL pay a flat rental fee for use of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but the profits for Spurs are much larger than that because they also receive all the profits for food, drinks and merchandise sales made on gamedays.
It's previously been reported that food and drink spending at Premier League games at the ground can reach £1m. This figure will be higher for NFL fixtures given their length, the greater sense of a one-off occasion and the make-up of the crowd. This new deal, lasting until 2030, is a huge boost for Tottenham's finances and reward for their efforts to build this incredible new ground.
Add in the fact that the NFL covered the £10m cost of implementing a retractable field beneath Tottenham's regular football pitch and it's some piece of business from the North London side.