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NFL returning to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October

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American football and European football are set to cross paths once again this year as the Atlanta Falcons have confirmed they will be heading to north London for the NFL International Series and play at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October.

The stadium is home to the English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur aka Spurs, who signed a 10-year-deal with the National Football League back during the 2018-19 season, however, it only opened its doors after its completion in the following year.

Currently, the only purpose-built NFL stadium on foreign soils, its grass soccer pitch is retractable, underneath which an artificial surface lies which is perfectly suited for American football.

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Tottenham’s home ground saw two NFL games back in 2019, both of which turned out to be immensely successful while garnering fame amongst the football fandom in the USA.

The first game there was between Oakland Raiders and the Chicago Bears, and in the other one, the current Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers locked horns with Carolina Panthers.

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Atlanta Falcons will be heading to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October for NFL International Series

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The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the only purpose-built NFL stadium outside of US. (Image Courtesy: NFL)
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After last year’s disruption of the International series amongst everything else in the league’s schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the stadium will serve as the home for the Falcons this year. However, the date, as well as their opposition, are yet to be announced.

“The Atlanta Falcons will serve as the home team in an October game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, as part of this season’s NFL’s International Series,” an official statement from the Falcons read.

“The exact date of the game, as well as the Falcons’ non-divisional opponent, will be announced when the NFL releases its 2021 schedule in May. Final scheduling of the game is subject to the status of the COVID virus, travel restrictions and game-attendance allowances,” the statement further added.

The two games of 2019 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw upwards of 60,000 spectators. Moreover, Bottoms Up Beer, who are known for their remarkable technology that allows each pint of beer to be filled from the bottom, stated to have hit European record sales numbers after they sold a whopping £1 million worth of drinks during the Raiders and Bears clash.

While the NFL has to pay a rental fee to use the stadium for each fixture of their international series, the Spurs receive the net income from food and drink sales, as well as merchandise sales.

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