Tottenham Hotspur and the NFL
In July 2015, the Club and the NFL reached an agreement for a minimum of two NFL games per year to be played during a 10-year partnership at our new stadium. The stadium features a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that will be used for NFL games. This innovative field adds greater flexibility in the scheduling of games, with the NFL having its own playing surface for games held at the venue. Both sports have dedicated facilities ensuring that the new stadium, designed with a focus on atmosphere, will deliver the optimum experience for both teams and fans.
"We have an opportunity now to deliver one of the most unique sports, leisure and entertainment venues in the world, bringing together the Premier League and NFL for the first time,” said Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur. “The socio- economic benefits this will bring to the area will be immense and demonstrates our commitment to the regeneration of this priority borough in London.”
In addition to playing two games a year at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the NFL has launched NFL Academy in partnership with the Club.
Located at Barnet and Southgate College in North London, the NFL Academy offers athletes aged 16-18 the opportunity to combine education with life skills and intensive training in the sport under full-time professional coaches.
It aims to create pathways into employment, further education and potentially the opportunity to play NCAA college football in the United States.
The NFL Academy provides a long-term legacy, bringing year-round benefits and opportunities to young adults from the local community and beyond.
Sadiq Kahn said
“The recent NFL Games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium were a massive success, cementing the city’s reputation as a home away from home for the NFL, with a huge fan base and an every-growing love of the sport. London truly is the sporting capital of the world and it’s fantastic we were able to showcase this new world-class stadium to millions of people across the globe. The stadium is also bringing significant economic, social and cultural benefits to London, and Tottenham in particular. I look forward to seeing many more matches here in the years to come.”
Roger Goodell, Commissioner, NFL said
“As far as the quality of the facility, the quality of the stadium itself, it is one of the best venues I’ve been in. It’s a tribute to Daniel Levy and his team at Spurs, and we’re so proud to be part of it. Daniel really felt passionate about his vision. It was a great lesson for me to see somebody who was willing to work through the challenges and find solutions to it. He was determined to make this happen, and I’m glad he did because I think this is a really important step for the NFL here in London.”
Derek Carr, Quarterback, Oakland Raiders said
“Everything is first-class, every little detail. Every single room you go in is unbelievable and this is one of the best, if not the best, stadiums I’ve been in in my life. I loved the London trip. I’m a soccer fan and it’s cool to me that I got to talk to Harry Kane before the Game. I told him I’m a huge fan and he said the same.”
Ron Rivera, Head Coach, Carolina Panthers said
"The stadium is terrific, it really is. Whatever they did, they did it right. The players talked about it being a fast surface - a good field to play on. The amenities in terms of the locker room, the way it’s set up with a hydrotherapy room for the guys, it's top-notch. I think if you come here, you should be able to appreciate the situation."
Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Carolina Panthers
"It’s been such a cool experience for all of us. I don’t know if I would ever have got to London but to be here and play the game I love is truly a blessing. I know all of us really appreciated the hospitality and the experience. The stadium is unbelievable. The turf was great, the crowd was loud - it was a heck of an experience."