The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced a partnership with the National Football League (NFL) which will see the professional American football league play a minimum of three regular season games at Twickenham Stadium over a three-year period.
The deal, which is a first-of-its-kind for the RFU, will start in October 2016 with the selected teams for this game being revealed later this year. The agreement will also give the NFL the opportunity to stage two additional games over the same period.
Chief commercial & marketing officer, RFU, Sophie Goldschmidt, commented: “We are delighted to welcome the NFL to Twickenham; a stadium that has played such an integral role in what has been the biggest Rugby World Cup ever."
“The NFL has a strong and growing fan base in the UK, and this, combined with the investments we've made in our stadium will give fans more opportunities to experience the action first-hand at a world-class venue."
“We look forward to working with the NFL on this partnership.”
Mark Waller, executive vice-president of international, NFL, added: “We are committed to continuing to grow our sport in the UK and believe that adding Twickenham Stadium to our roster of host venues in London is further evidence of that commitment."
“We are very excited to give our fans the opportunity to enjoy NFL action at another world-class venue famous for attracting loyal and passionate fans from across the globe.”
The announcement comes after the NFL recently disclosed that it had extended its relationship with Wembley in a deal that will see the stadium stage at least two regular-season games a year until 2020.