IRVING, Texas -- Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is “delighted” the Dallas Cowboys will be playing his team Nov. 9, 2014, at London’s Wembley Stadium.
“Jerry (Jones) was one of the first people I met in the league,” Khan said, “and they’re 'America’s Team,' so I think it’s going to be wonderful.”
Jones, the Cowboys' owner and general manager, had long said his team would not give up a home game to play in the NFL’s international series. Because the Cowboys are among the NFL’s best draws, teams would be reluctant to give up a guaranteed sellout at their stadium.
Khan acknowledged it was difficult to take that game away from Jacksonville.
“But that’s part of the commitment to what we’re doing as the home team in London,” Khan said. “We knew that from Day 1 that there will be some of those, but I think overall for Jacksonville and for the Jaguars, this is a very, very important thing, and frankly it’s been good for us ... A great example is before last year surveys in London asking which is your favorite team, the Jaguars were No. 31. After last year, we’re No. 9, so I mean the needle has moved, and that’s not only good for Jacksonville and the Jaguars, it’s good for the league.”
The Cowboys have played two preseason games in London. The last came on Aug. 8, 1993 against the Detroit Lions.
The largest crowd for the eight regular-season games played in London so far was 84,254 for the New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Oct. 24, 2009. The Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers drew 83,559 this year.
“Wembley was sold out this year,” Khan said, “so we expect to sellout again.”