This year’s NFL International Series kicks off on October 2nd, with the Indianapolis Colts taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at the legendary Wembley Stadium.
The games have proven enormously popular to British fans with high demand for tickets most years. Fans of American Football flock to London every year to see some of the top stars in action, while many others use the events as a way to introduce themselves to the sport.
It isn’t just the match itself that attendees can look forward to either, as there are festivities around the stadium from 10am, ahead of the 1:30pm kick-off. Use the time to purchase some memorabilia, play interactive games or be audience members for on-site broadcasts.
As you would expect from having over 80,000 spectators in attendance, the atmosphere is spectacular and makes for a refreshing change from our own football (or soccer, in the US). Expect music performances, T-shirt cannons and stilt-walkers!
In terms of the match itself, the Jaguars are starting the 2016 season with a lot of optimism. New acquisitions like Chris Ivory and Malik Jackson join exciting rookies Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack in a new-look team hoping to take some steps forward after missing out on the playoffs last year.
Similarly, the Indianapolis Colts are in a position of strength with star quarterback Andrew Luck returning from injury and hoping to push the team towards Super Bowl 51 in February. The former Stanford star signed the biggest contract of all time in the off-season and the fanbase needs him to deliver.
Plus, if you enjoy your time at the game, you could perhaps try to pick up tickets for one of the other two NFL matches taking place: New York Giants vs LA Rams on October 23rd and Bengals vs Redskins on October 30th.
What is the best way to reach Wembley?
Wembley is one of the most well-known stadiums in the world, but it isn’t always easy to get to.
Expect lots of traffic if you are travelling by car. Despite the congestion and high parking costs, many attendees opt to drive, which can cause a highly stressful journey for visitors.
Similarly, train services prove to be especially popular with high numbers of passengers arriving from across the UK. As the games are on a Sunday, tickets are often extremely expensive and platforms are sure to be busy after the final whistle.
On the other hand, coach services provide more reliability and comfort. You will be guaranteed a seat and a direct journey to and from Wembley. As well as cutting out the congestion of trains, you will not need to worry about dealing with a packed London Underground station after the game.