Football season will be here before we know it, which also means the NFL International Series will too. Thank goodness, right? Fans around the world are really excited about the return of the
NFL International Series, especially for those looking forward to traveling and exploring a beautiful city.
This year, the NFL International Series will return to Wembley Stadium in London, England once again, making this the 9th year in a row. The New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions are set to play with the first game of the series beginning October 4.
About Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium opened in 2007 as the second largest stadium in Europe and has a capacity of 90,000 seats. It was originally built in 1923 but was demolished in 2003 to make way for the current stadium.
Located in the borough of Bren in north London, Wembley Stadium is one of the most famous stadiums in the world. It is known for the striking and highly visible Wembley Arch which stretches 440 feet high and spans over 1,000 feet, making it the world’s longest single roof structure.
You can expect plenty of food and drink options during the series as Wembley Stadium is home to 34 bars, 8 restaurants, 98 kitchens and 688 food/drink service points.
Fun fact: The soft drink dispensers can pour 30,000 cups in a little over 10 minutes!
The seating at Wembley Stadium stretches over three tiers: lower, middle and upper. With no obstructed views and plenty of leg room, each seating location is sure to be enjoyable.
This breathtaking arena is the perfect place to host the NFL International Series and is definitely one place you need to visit at least once.
What to Do in London
With so much to do in London, it will be hard to narrow down your list. It might be worth spending a few extra days in London just so you can explore everything the city has to offer.
Here are a few places you should consider visiting:
British Museum: An absolute must-see, the British Museum has something everyone can enjoy, especially for the history lovers out there. Because of its size, the museum might seem overwhelming, so pick the exhibits that interest you the most and hit those first. Plus, it’s free!
Houses of Parliament: Rich in history and tradition, the Houses of Parliament are a must see, particularly for those interested in political process. If Parliament is on recess, you can catch a tour of the building. If Parliament is in session, it might be worth catching a debate.
Big Ben: Well-known around the world, Big Ben is an iconic site in London with incredible architecture. It is in the same building as the Houses of Parliament so you can catch both sites at the same time.
Buckingham Palace: Although you won’t be able to tour the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace after the end of September, you will be able to view the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables in existence.
Victoria and Albert Museum: The Victoria and Albert Museum, commonly referred to as the V&A, is comprised of applied art across multiple genres, disciplines and time periods. Make sure to print off a map so you can plan the route of the collections you would like to see.
Westminster Abbey: Choose a guided tour or go at your own pace through this beautiful medieval church, which has held 16 royal weddings. Visit the tombs of famous poets and view the shared tomb of enemies/half-sisters Elizabeth I and Mary Tudor.
Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens: If you are in need of a nice retreat and escape from the busyness of London, take a stroll through Hyde Park and walk through Kensington Gardens. Don’t miss the Diana Memorial Fountain!
Tower of London: You don’t want to miss the famous Crown Jewels exhibit that features the Imperial State Crown, which is still worn by the Queen. If you have time, take a tour led by the Yeoman Warders where you’ll hear tales of the Tower’s past.
National Gallery: Located on the north side of Trafalgar Square, London’s National Gallery is another must see for anyone even remotely interested in art and history. Most people would agree there is nothing like viewing world-renowned art in person.
The London Eye: Give yourself 30 minutes and hop aboard this giant Ferris wheel to see glorious views over London.
If you’re traveling to London from another country, don’t forget you need a passport. If you don’t currently have a passport, make sure to get one sooner rather than later since passports can take a few weeks to arrive.
Walking is actually one of the best ways to get around London because most attractions are closer to each other than you might think. You can also hop aboard a River Thames bus for a quick mode of transportation. In addition, you have the option to hail a taxi, ride the train or get a “Boris bike” to ride around the city. If you choose to drive a car, be aware of the Congestion Charge (and also make sure you drive on the left side of the road!).
The weather in London in October is on the cool side with average temperatures of 55°F, 13°C. Unfortunately, October is the rainiest month in London so make sure you pack an umbrella and a rain jacket. However, during October, the beautiful autumn colors make an appearance as the city’s parks vividly change from green to copper and red.
How to Attend the NFL International Series
Now that you know where the
NFL International Series 2015 will take place as well as information regarding the city, you might be wondering how you can actually attend a game (or two or three).
If you’re looking for a high-end experience, Official Ticket Packages through NFL on Location and QuintEvents are the way to go. With great seats, game day hospitality, NFL on Location signature services and much more, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life at the
2015 NFL International Series. Plus, what better place to do so than in London?