NFL-only field going in at London soccer stadium

Tottenham Hotspur

In the most tangible piece of evidence yet that the NFL wants to keep playing games in London, the league has paid for an NFL-only field to be on the grounds of the new soccer stadium for Tottenham Hotspur.

New pictures of the stadium, which is still being built, show the FieldTurf field that the NFL will play on. The stadium will be able to switch between that field for NFL games and a grass field for soccer games.

One of the complaints about American football in London has been that the type of grass pitch that soccer teams use does not have the proper footing for American football. That results in players slipping and sliding, and the middle of the pitch getting torn up. Nobody is happy with that.

So the NFL is investing in a field that is specifically designed for American football. That field will be used for the first time on October 14, when the Seahawks face the Raiders.

38 responses to “NFL-only field going in at London soccer stadium

  1. Interesting. Just in time for two teams that are going nowhere

  2. This is great news. The logical next step that the NFL has to take is to stop sending garbage games over there so the Londoners don’t get used to Tecmo Super Bowl level blowouts.

  3. Good news. One step closer to having a team in London. Not sure which team goes but the Chargers will be looking for a new home within a couple years.

    Most people think it will be the Jaguars, but that seems less likely after their playoff appearance and seemingly being poised for continued success. Let’s say it was though; I think it would make sense for them to switch divisions with Miami and then be playing 3 teams closer to London than would be in any other division.

  4. Great. So London gets that, but Chicago plays on horrible grass. Go figure.

  5. Wembley games ARE NOT played on “grass” since the 2007 debacle, but on Desso (a state-of-the-art grass-turf hybrid).

    The “Bad Field” meme is falsely sustained by haters in the US – AND the UK (oh yes, of anti-American-sports purist soccer fans) of NFL games being played there. What they all overlook is Rugby League finals (which is big further north in England but few in London itself follow, let alone US media be aware of) are regularly played in Wembley and NEVER had a problem.

    Wembley field WAS problematic in the first game in 2007 – just after the new “pitch” was laid in the newly rebuilt stadium, London had unprecedented (even for them) bad summer & fall weather. So it wasn’t fully bedded in but dumb NFL just HAD to have that very first game there rather than move date/location. So it tore up some, badly in spots – but btw, the unusually slick weather would have made for a slick pitch and ball even if the field had been 100%.

    The new Spurs stadium setup partly seeks to answer US and UK sports purists (i.e. haters) but is mainly about maximizing a multi-use venue so that sports, concerts and conventions can potentially go on all year round and the “pitch” never be damaged.

  6. Let’s see…the Jaguars: 21st in Home Attendance last year and 10,000 new season tickets sold for this coming year (along with thousands of people moving to Florida monthly- there is new construction everywhere there)…

    Or…Tampa Bay: 29th in Home Attendance and no new season tickets sold.

    London Buccaneers has a nice ring to it.

  7. akira554 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 8:53 am
    So where are all the usual commenters that say the NFL doesn’t care about player safety?
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    So they change the field for one stadium, overseas by the way, and all of a sudden it shows they care for player safety? How about taking care of fields at home here where more than 3 games a year are played.

  8. So where are all the usual commenters that say the NFL doesn’t care about player safety

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    They are investing in the area where they wish expand and make profits.

    Notice, they are not doing this in Mexico, where the Raiders/Pats played last year.

    So yeah, nice point.

  9. jimmyjohns01 says: “So they change the field for one stadium, overseas by the way, and all of a sudden it shows they care for player safety? How about taking care of fields at home here where more than 3 games a year are played.”
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    Stadiums here are controlled/owned by the team. Blame your team for the poor field condition – the league has no power to dictate how to the stadium. In London, the stadium lease is with the NFL, and it shows the league cares about player safety to actually pay for a new, NFL-only turf.

  10. seabrawk12 says: “They are investing in the area where they wish expand and make profits.

    Notice, they are not doing this in Mexico, where the Raiders/Pats played last year.”
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    What are you talking about?!? The turf at Estadio Azteca was in beautiful condition for the game. The only thing ugly on the field was the Raiders’ performance.

  11. akira554 says:

    Stadiums here are controlled/owned by the team. Blame your team for the poor field condition – the league has no power to dictate how to the stadium. In London, the stadium lease is with the NFL, and it shows the league cares about player safety to actually pay for a new, NFL-only turf.
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    I highly doubt the NFL paid a single penny for a privately owned stadium getting built by the owner of the Tottenham Hotspur FC

  12. widerightyouloseagain says:
    June 18, 2018 at 11:11 am
    The Jags have moved up in class and most likely won’t be moving.
    The Bills continue to be a dumpster fire and are a prime candidate to move.
    Wide right, you lose again.
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    Jags fans are this years version of last years Raiders fans. Thrilled to death that the team finally won a few games after years and years of high picks and being non-relevant. The Raiders were SB bound, no doubt about it. The Jags are this years darlings despite the fact they are still led by a QB who they wanted dumped right up until he won a couple playoff games and in fact many called on them to draft a new QB. The Raiders ended up 6-10 playing a second place schedule. The Jags are better, much better on defense, but they now play a second place schedule instead of the schedule of a 3 win team. Let’s tap the brakes a tad and see if they can sustain the success of last season. Again, I can understand the enthusiasm though. I was a Patriot fan from the 60’s on and suffered decades of losing. I remember many years when I thought the horror show was over and was wrong.

  13. Most of the world call it a football pitch, most of the US call it a football field, Pitt and Chicago call it a “Bog”. But at least they still play on grass, how it is supposed to be.

  14. I don’t see a team relocating to London, if anything they add a team there.

  15. bystanderhere says: “I highly doubt the NFL paid a single penny for a privately owned stadium getting built by the owner of the Tottenham Hotspur FC”
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    Read the article again. The NFL paid for the special field turf in the Tottenham stadium for NFL football-use only. The league leases the stadium for a week to put on the NFL game.

  16. bystanderhere says:
    June 18, 2018 at 12:43 pm I highly doubt the NFL paid a single penny for a privately owned stadium getting built by the owner of the Tottenham Hotspur FC
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    As a Spurs fan, I’m excited that a)Spurs are getting large new stadium and b) The NFL games will be played at the stadium. Spurs chairman, Dan Levy, is one of the toughest SOBs when it comes to negotiations, so he got the NFL to sign a 10 year lease and pay for a lot of things such as the video screen, the two NFL-sized locker rooms, and the retractable pitches/ fields. The sightlines will also be configured so there’s not a bad seat.

  17. Moving teams from their longtime fan bases and extorting billion dollar palaces from US cities while investing in a foreign stadium.

    Disgusting

  18. How embarrassing will it be when the NFL Employees refuse to come out of the locker room for America’s national anthem and then trip all over themselves to be out there to respect England’s song. Sad.

  19. rcali says:
    June 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    How embarrassing will it be when the NFL Employees refuse to come out of the locker room for America’s national anthem and then trip all over themselves to be out there to respect England’s song. Sad.

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    They want to change the US for the better. People of all races are treated more equally in the UK, it’s not for them to go to another country and start criticising stuff

  20. Why isn’t American Football called handball? Real Football is played with your feet, and is the worlds sport. Besides the Olympics, the world cup is the only sport where you can call yourselves World Champs.

  21. The Raiders have no idea where they will be playing home games in 2019. How clueless is this franchise? Wow, just wow! And people wonder why they cant win. Duh?

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