Over the summer, the NFL announced that, starting in 2018, teams would play a minimum of two games a year at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium in London over 10 years. The English Premier League club is in the process of designing a new, 61,000-seat home field to replace White Hart Lane, which is nearly 116 years old.
The new stadium, scheduled to open in 2018, is estimated to cost around $615 million will have a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath. The artificial turf would be used for the American football games.
The NFL will play three games (Dolphins-Jets on Oct. 4, Jaguars-Bills on Oct. 25 and Chiefs-Lions on Nov. 1) in London this season, with all three kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. Eleven NFL games have been played at London’s Wembley Stadium since 2007 under a contract that runs through 2016, a deal the NFL said over the summer it hopes to extend.
“With growing enthusiasm for the NFL in the United Kingdom, we are committed to hosting NFL games in world-class venues and are excited to partner with Tottenham Hotspur to play games at their future stadium” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement in July. “We share a vision and commitment to creating the best experience for our teams, fans and the local community.”