What to expect as Tottenham Hotspur Stadium prepares to host their first NFL game since 2019
The New York Jets and the Atalanta Falcons will make history this Sunday night when they take to the field in the first NFL game to be held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Both teams have won just one of their opening four games and will be keen to hit the field running in London. Both sides have made a combined seven SuperBowl appearances, of which the Giants have won four.
The games will be held at the home of Spurs after club chairman Daniel Levy negotiated a 10-year deal with the NFL in 2017. A number of American football teams have already graced the Spurs pitch. However, this will be the first time they do in an official NFL game since the Oakland Raiders defeated the Chicago Bears in the inaugural tie in October 2019.
According to Football.london, holding the NFL games will aid Spurs financially. This will come as a welcome windfall to a side that has not been immune to the recent economic crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Jets vs Falcons tie is not the only NFL set to take place in London in the coming days. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will also welcome the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars for a second game on October 17. Spurs’ next home game is on 30th October, giving them plenty of time to get the pitch ready.
Both games are expected to draw in crowds of over 60,000 each. Apart from travelling Americans, the occasion should also intrigue the locals who don’t get many opportunities to watch an NFL game live.
According to the report, the NFL pays Spurs a flat rental fee every game. More so, all of the food and drink net income plus the merchandising profit from the club shop also goes to the club. This new stream of income is a welcome move.
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With the pandemic now easing off, Spurs will hopefully get their finances back on track. With NFL games now set to take place as an annual event, it is fair to say that Levy’s hindsight could help the club reap benefits.