Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v West Ham

Saturday, 27 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Upton Park

Last Game

West Ham 3 - 1 Liverpool

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Olympic Stadium could host NFL

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has held "encouraging" talks with senior NFL officials over the prospect of staging games at the Olympic Stadium.

Last Updated: 31/10/12 at 13:49 Post Comment

Olympic Stadium: Could host NFL

Olympic Stadium: Could host NFL

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The NFL has staged games in London every year since 2007, and last Sunday the New England Patriots beat the St Louis Rams 45-7 in front of a sold-out Wembley crowd that included Johnson.

Next year, Wembley will host two NFL games and the north London stadium has an exclusive deal to host the International Series games until 2016.

But Johnson, who is chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation responsible for deciding how the Olympic Stadium will be used in the future, wants to see if there is a role for the Stratford venue.

A spokesman for the Mayor said in a statement: "Sunday's game at Wembley, in front of over 80,000 fans, further cements London's reputation as the natural home of American Football outside of the United States.

"Only last week the Mayor in conjunction with the NFL, announced an expansion from one to two regular season matches in London from 2013. That means in total an additional £44 million in revenue for the capital from next year.

"Given the ever growing popularity of Gridiron on this side of the Atlantic the Mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities involving the NFL and London.

"The talks were exploratory, we are at an early stage, but the signs are encouraging."

The Mayor's office are exploring the long-term possibility of utilising the Olympic Stadium to bring more games to London, potentially in addition to Wembley.

One prospect often discussed is whether London could be the base for a new NFL franchise.

A decision on the future use of the Olympic Stadium is not expected before December.

West Ham are one of those interested in moving into the venue, which will retain a running track.

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Arsenal win 3-0 at Aston Villa to end the hosts' unbeaten start

Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a devastating goal blitz as Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 away win.

Premier League: Newcastle draw with Hull City as Papiss Cisse scores two

Substitute Papiss Cisse saved the day for Newcastle and under-fire manager Alan Pardew in their 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Premier League: Victor Wanyama earns Southampton 1-0 win at Swansea

Victor Wanyama broke the resistance of 10-man Swansea as Southampton left the Liberty Stadium with a 1-0 win.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property