RFU ‘keen’ to bring more NFL games to Twickenham
England’s Rugby Football Union wants to host more games from American football’s NFL at its home stadium in London, according to its chief executive, Steve Brown.
This year, Twickenham Stadium in south-west London hosted two of the NFL’s four International Series games in the English capital as part of an agreement between the RFU and the NFL.
Next year, the NFL will begin its 10-year deal with English soccer’s Tottenham Hotspur to stage at least two matches per year at the team’s new stadium, which is under construction in North London.
The NFL’s deal with Wembley, the other London host, covers at least two regular-season games a year until 2020, but the league also has an option to stage two additional games at Twickenham in 2018.
In an interview with the UK’s Independent newspaper, Brown said the he wanted to bring more games to Twickenham, despite this year’s games leading to some issues around markings and damage to the stadium’s field.
He said: “They’re keen to do business with us going forward so we’re going to put ourselves in the best possible place to get more games here. It probably won’t be more than a couple a season going forward but we’re very keen to keep that in our core portfolio of events here.”
Brown added: “We had a real success with NFL, for the two games we had here. They were really complimentary about our offering and we stepped up the quality of that. They have very high standards and that’s good for us, as well.”
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