NFL in the UK: Should We See More Games On Foreign Soil?

Martin HillCorrespondent IMay 29, 2008

Five months and counting...

After the success of the Dolphins-Giants at Wembley last October, many British fans welcomed the decision for another international game in the English capital.

Since the announcement just prior to the Super Bowl that the Saints and Chargers would be going head to head at Wembley, it has been a waiting game for eager fans to get hold of a ticket for the big showdown.

If ticket sales are anything like last year then at least 45,000 tickets have already been sold (I got mine—GO SAINTS) to the 'lucky' fans who were issued with a lottery code in February to guarantee them a ticket, money pending of course!

With over 300,000 people entered into the lottery, many were due to miss out on the guarantee of a ticket (as was the case for me last time around).

There will be other sales throughout the next five months, allocating some of the few tickets that were not snapped up when originally available.

Any tickets found to have been sold on auction sites will be cancelled and re-issued into these general sales, so no fan will be ripped off having to pay above face value for their ticket. But as I found out last year, these tickets are very sought after and hard to come by.

With all this in mind, is it worth the NFL looking at staging more than one game a year on British, or European soil?

As a Brit, having spent 25 years on these shores, I'm obviously going to say yes. Especially with the interest it generates when announcements are made, or when tickets go on sale, let alone the event itself.

With tickets ranging from £45 ($90ish)-£100 ($200ish) do these prices compete with that of a ticket for a game in the United States? Has the NFL lowered/or raised the prices for this game?

Wembley isn't the only option when looking at stadium to host these big events. The Millennium stadium in Cardiff did a fantastic job hosting all the big events during the re-building of Wembley. Outside of the premier league football grounds (Old Trafford, The Emirates, St. James Park), there is also the home of England's Rugby team, Twickenham, and Hamden Park and Murrayfield in Scotland, these are various places ready to host massive games!

It's likely to be a sell out, so if there is such a big market for the game here in Britain, why shouldn't more teams take the chance?

Remember, it worked out alright for the Giants, they win in Wembley, they go on to win the Super Bowl. Should that happen again this year, imagine how many of the superstitious players and teams would fancy gracing the Wembley turf?

I'm looking forward to comments from both sides of the pond to see what all you fans think.