(LONDON) — The St. Louis Rams agreed on Friday to play a regular-season NFL game in London in each of the next three seasons.
The Rams and New England Patriots meet at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28, about two months after the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. Follwing that will be two more in Wembley against undetermined opponents in 2013 and 2014.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke is also the majority shareholder in the English soccer club Arsenal. Arsenal will be giving up their home games over the next three seasons when the Rams are in town.
“This year is a very competitive year for sport in the UK, especially with the Olympics in London,” NFLUK managing director Alistair Kirkwood said. “Also, with the Rams having made an unprecedented commitment to playing in the UK for the next three years, we wanted to focus on them as our ‘home’ team without another game taking place.”
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