Jaguars to play one home game in London through 2016 | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the Jaguars announced Tuesday afternoon that the team will play one home game in London's Wembley Stadium for four years in a row, beginning in 2013.
Goodell was joined by Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and other dignitaries.
The stakeholders stressed the positive exposure the games will bring to Jacksonville and Florida. "Visit Florida will have a part to play and businesses here (Jacksonville)," said Carroll, adding, "we will have that opportunity to showcase what Northeast Florida has to offer."
Goodell said if the partnership with London is successful, the United Kingdom might one day be awarded an NFL franchise, although he didn't elaborate on how that might be accomplished.
When asked about whether moving a home game to London would have any negative impact on the Jaguars or Jacksonville, Khan said it was "the right decision for many, many reasons," adding "we have a chance to develop fans outside and a bigger fan base."
The St. Louis Rams had agreed to play there in 2013 and 2014, but backed out, leaving an opening for a team to go overseas. The NFL has played an annual London game since 2007. New England and St. Louis will play at Wembley later this year.
Khan previously stated that he looked forward to the team being able to take advantage of such an opportunity.
"My ambition is to make the Jaguars one of the signature franchises in the NFL and to see Jacksonville realize its full potential as a destination for commerce, tourism and living," Khan wrote in a letter to season ticket holders.
"An annual home game in London over four years, supported by initiatives in Jacksonville and throughout the United Kingdom to further develop our following, will help us achieve these goals and much more."
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.