Friday, January 20, 2012
Patriots play Rams in U.K. in 2012
By James Walker
The New England Patriots will take their game overseas to the United Kingdom next season. The team announced it will play the St. Louis Rams at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28.
For the Patriots, this will be considered a road game. The Rams agreed to a three-year series in the United Kingdom and will be the hosting team. The NFL is working to grow its international fan base.
"The response to NFL games in the U.K. among our British fans has been exceptional," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "We are confident that having the Rams host one game in the U.K. in each of the next three seasons will allow us to better serve the growing popularity of our sport beyond the borders of the United States."
The Patriots last played at Wembley Stadium in 2009. There is a chance New England could return to the United Kingdom as defending Super Bowl champions. The Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in the AFC Championship Game for a chance to play in the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
"We are honored to be selected for this year's game and eager to return," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. "We had such a great experience during our last visit to London. We are proud to have great support from our fans when we are on the road."