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Dallas Cowboys to play game in London during 2014 season

Published On: Oct 24 2013 02:06:52 PM CDT
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The 2014 International Series games are set and an unprecedented six teams will play a regular-season game in London next season.

The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS will host the DALLAS COWBOYS, the ATLANTA FALCONS will host the DETROIT LIONS and the OAKLAND RAIDERS will host the MIAMI DOLPHINS at London’s Wembley Stadium next season.

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL confirmed the match-ups today at a luncheon with sports journalists in London.  The dates and times of the games will be announced at a later date.

“Our fans in the UK continue to demonstrate their passion for more football,” Goodell said.  “Next year for the first time we will play three regular-season games in London.  We have scheduled three attractive games with four teams playing in their first International Series game.  The growing enthusiasm for the NFL internationally is exciting and we look forward to continuing to respond to this interest in our game.”

The Jaguars, who face the San Francisco 49ers in London on Sunday, committed to playing a home game in the UK in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, all at Wembley.  Miami will make its second visit to London for a regular-season game after hosting the New York Giants in the inaugural International Series contest in 2007.  Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, and Oakland will all play their first international regular-season game next season.

The International Series has increased NFL fan interest in the UK, with a current fan base of more than 12 million, including 2.5 million avid fans, a 30 percent increase in avid fans in the past two years.

The Minnesota Vikings’ thrilling 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London on September 29 drew a crowd of 83,518 to Wembley.  The day before, more than 520,000 people attended a football festival on London’s famed Regent Street, enjoying football-themed games and attractions, including visits from Vikings’ and Steelers’ players and coaches.

Television ratings have shown substantial growth in the UK since 2006 – with Sunday viewership of NFL games almost doubling and the Super Bowl audience having increased 75 percent.  The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships.

Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen since the start of the International Series, growing by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007.

The regular-season games played in the United Kingdom and future International Series schedule:

 

Date

Visiting Team

Score

Home Team

Score

Attendance

October 28, 2007

New York Giants

13

Miami Dolphins

10

81,176

October 26, 2008

San Diego Chargers

32

New Orleans Saints

37

83,226

October 25, 2009

New England Patriots

35

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7

84,254

October 31, 2010

Denver Broncos

16

San Francisco 49ers

24

83,941

October 23, 2011

Chicago Bears

24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18

76,981

October 28, 2012

New England Patriots

45

St. Louis Rams

7

84,004

September 29, 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers

27

Minnesota Vikings

34

83,518

October 27, 2013

San Francisco 49ers

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

 

2014

Dallas Cowboys

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

 

2014

Detroit Lions

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

 

2014

Miami Dolphins

 

Oakland Raiders

 

 

Information for this story provided by Dallas Cowboys staff.