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NFL considers second UK game

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posted May 13, 2009

Cardiff's millenium stadium.
A nice gig stadium, slap in the middle of the City, unlike other big stadia, It has the train station just 100 yards away AND what makes it one of the best grounds in the world is............... its 15 minutes from my house laugh

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posted May 13, 2009

I was obviously practicing my ventriloquism, and couldnt say BIG properly.

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posted May 13, 2009

It would be great to see the NFL in Murrayfield for the fans in Scotland & North England.

Alternative would be Old Trafford but not sure that football clubs would want their pitch being possibly damaged.

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posted May 13, 2009

I'm surprised at this - NFL owners and American fans must be thinking their game is being taken away from them.
As a novelty that gives increased exposure outside the US it works, increasing games I think is unnecessary.
Cardiff would certainly work, not so sure about Murrayfield, I stood there for a 6 Nations game once and it was as windy as I can remember, the ground just seems too open and exposed for me and would (potentially) kill any offence

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posted May 13, 2009

Obviously I'd love to see the Raiders at Elland Road, but that just won't happen. Yet.

Most likely? Cardiff or ££££-grabbing Old Trafford.

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comment by Remojo (U11978169)

posted May 13, 2009

In my opinion the only viable stadia in terms of commercial value are Wembley, Old Trafford, Twickenham, Millenium and Murrayfield. I wouldn't have thought they'd go to Twickenham with Wembley just down the road, but all the others the NFL could go to.

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posted May 13, 2009

ha!! check out the board under the story on nfl.com - yamks are going proper mental!!
they need to do as the aztecs!!! build a bridge and get over it!!!!

please bring my mighty KC over!!!!

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posted May 13, 2009

They should look at bringing the game over to Ireland at Croke Park. Irish people love an event and I'm sure the atmosphere would be amazing.

Plus it would be funny to see a load of 300lb defensive Linemen wandering around the country attempting to discover their Irish heritage.

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posted May 13, 2009

Manchester seems a good shout, and not necessarily Old Trafford. Manc is easy to get to from either side of the Pennines and has two decent sized stadiums. Infact I would favour The City of M Stadium. For me OT is not designed to create a good atmosphere, the slopping roof cuts off your vision to the rest of the crowd and suffocates noise. CMS is more open and Iím sure when itís packed it will generate a more carnival atmosphere, all in keeping with the spirit of the NFL. Cardiff I think is a no-no. Why have another southern venue, especially one that is tucked into the corner of the country. Iíve got nothing against Cardiff, but, imagine a Yorkshire man having to choose between London and Cardiff they wonít be best pleased. Scotland and Ireland for me do not have enough of a following and the distance (and the price of Guinness) might put off potential foreign visitors. I enjoyed seeing some fans pop over to Wembley from France and Holland, added to the festival spirit of the whole affair. I fear in the Gaelic countries this diversity might be lost.

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posted May 13, 2009

I honestly cant see any of the football teams wanting American football because of the state the pitch would be left in. Especially those teams in Europe because they already have too many games on them anyway.

St James Park would be an option winkeye

Considering the job that the millinieum staduim has done when asked to host a number of events i think that would be a great venue and deserves to host it more than the others mentioned.

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posted May 13, 2009

"Plus it would be funny to see a load of 300lb defensive Linemen wandering around the country attempting to discover their Irish heritage"

laugh

Croke Park it is then!

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posted May 13, 2009

Second game surely at Murrayfield.There was great support for the Claymores so it would be a
solid base for another game already having devoted fans of the game there.

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posted May 13, 2009

Croke Park not a UK venue. So obvious I feel the need to mention it doh

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posted May 13, 2009

I just saw this thread, I can seee Old Trafford being a sight of a game, if for no other reason than Uniteds owners also being the owners of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

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posted May 13, 2009

Hope it's murrayfield & bring the redskins over!!

I'm sure edinburgh is easier to get to for a number of northern english people than London is, plus edinburgh is quite a bit cheaper than London.

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posted May 13, 2009

Liver - I did actually write

"they should look at bringing the game over to Ireland".

There is no implication that (god forbid) Ireland is part of the UK. However if the NFL want to have another game outside the U.S. Croker would be a great choice given the historic links between Ireland and America and the publicity opportunities this presents.

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comment by Oli By (U844262)

posted May 13, 2009

On a purely selfish point of view, Murrayfield winkeye Although, saying that, I'll probably end up getting a job in and move to London when they give Murrayfield a game! Lol.

On a personal view point, I would (and have done before) 'vote' for Millennium Stadium, Roof Closed. For proper 'Dome' Atmosphere.

Although, a second game? Nope. Don't do it NFL. It won't be as popular (especially with the ticket prices of one game compared to US prices) over here or with fans back home. What you need to do Mr Goodell, is at the next expansion give UK and LA ('cos they've been desperate for ever as well, and will be well miffed if we get one before them) franchises. With the UK franchise play 2xWembley, 2xMurrayfeild, 2xMillennium and 2xCroke Park, and if our franchise gets a home play-off game winkeye :D at Wembley. But, still a few years off that. But, do that, rather than an extra international series game.

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comment by Oli By (U844262)

posted May 13, 2009

Sorry, before comments get thrown at me, I mean a UK and Ireland franchise!!!! smiley

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posted May 13, 2009

It's a bit like that daft Premier League proposal for a game in the far east. Long way to go for some fans from the US of A...

A second game might be a game too far, although it would no doubt sell out as usual.

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posted May 13, 2009

It's a bit like that daft Premier League proposal for a game in the far east. Long way to go for some fans from the US of A...

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thats my only problem with it, i mean imagine being a season ticket holder for united,chelsea,liverpool here and being told one of your matches takes place in asia?
do americans even have a season ticket holer policy?even if they don't im sure alot of the same fans go to the games

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posted May 13, 2009

i think cardiff would be the obvious choice. great stadium, great location within the city (literally 60 seconds from the nearest pubs), and above all it has a proper roof.

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posted May 13, 2009

To be honest, I'd rather not have any NFL games in the UK. And yes, I am a fan of the sport. I'd rather go to the US and see a game in a proper stadium that properly caters for the sport. Having attended the first NFL Wembley game, the whole procedure from clamouring for over-priced tickets, difficulty in getting to the stadium and then seeing the huge police presence at the end of the game - its not soccer for gods sake.

I've only been to 2 NFL games in the states but everything was so easy. And the experience was really enjoyable. As much as I'd love to see another NFL game, I don't want the pale imitation that is the NFL in the UK.

Sorry, just my opinion.

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posted May 13, 2009

I agree that Manchester is a gd location in terms of travel/stadium available but I would prefer either Edinburgh or Cardiff with the Millennium being the favourite destination. Proven track record of staging events - Rugby World Cup, FA Cup etc, Speedway, GB Rally not to mention all the music events.

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posted May 13, 2009

I am torn about this to be honest. One game a year is fine but with US fans only getting a guaranteed 8 games a season I think its unfair to start pulling too many away from them.

I know there are probably the language problems to overcome but if the NFL is going to do another event in Europe surely Germany, which was the only country that took NFL Europe seriously, should have a shot at hosting in. They have the stadia and the support and I really like the beer.

All this talk has to be a prelude to the 'Game 17' idea, which I think is a good one as it takes away a (boring and pointless) preseason game and means home fans aren't losing out. This way we could have games at Wembley/Twickenham and somewhere else in the UK and fans could pick their favourite to watch

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posted May 13, 2009

Cardiff is a pain in the behind to get to, as one of Britains's major cities it's public transport lnks (particularly rail) are woeful.

Given the Glazier's own the Buccs and Manchester United I'd take bets on Mancheeter personally, it holds more than Cardiff, is well served by motorways, the main UK rail lines and it's near a proper international airport.

Rather Old Trafford than Cardiff or leaving it to the corporate diners at "Twickers".

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posted May 13, 2009

Very promosing news, Don't think Wembley will cope with 2 games back to back. Millenium Stadium would be an ideal venue for this

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posted May 13, 2009

Take a look at what an uproar this idea is causing over the pond. Some of them are so far up their own a***s that they can taste their own hair gel!
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/9566516/NFL-considering-another-UK-regular-season-game?forum_key=StoryComments&topic_key=9566516&page_no=1

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posted May 13, 2009

Please come to Cardiff i only have to travel an hour or so then smiley

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posted May 13, 2009

Got to be cardiff, best facilities for sport in the UK. (well Nick Halling said its better than Wembley a few yearrs ago)
middle of town, so nice few drinks before game, and more important, i live there.

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posted May 13, 2009

windsor park quality venue about 13,000 capacity would make for an interesting game

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posted May 13, 2009

Cardiff offers you a roof. It also has good beer (The Cottage, Goat Major and Old Arcade are my favourites),the venue is in the middle of town, easy access by train to London and a direct train from Southampton for myself and Nick Halling :D

With a bit of help from First Great Western and Cardiff City Council then it they should be able to organise it. The Millenium Stadium is great and the teams can train at the Arms Park (Next Door).

Oh, and we can get Bryn Terfel in to show the Americans what a real anthem sounds like...

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posted May 13, 2009

Idris, what does that mean? You may not like it, but my anthem is quite real.

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posted May 13, 2009

im a diehard college football fan and i consider cf superior to nfl in every way, butthe uk games are the only nfl that have managed to captured my interest, so im all for it

one suggestion to any powers that be, if you want to promote the uk showcase how about you lift the television blackout restirictions stateside?

i went to tune into the uk game, the one sunday game that managed to spike my interest, and instead i was treated to the "thrilling" game raiders vs ravens, aka everything thats wrong with the nfl

maybe next year Rog'

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posted May 13, 2009

Is the millenium stadium the stadium that they played the rugby world cup in not too long ago?

if so the sold i love the idea
and i love the idea in general that the uks interest in our sport has grown to where it would warrant a second helping, we should view this asa compliment

unfortunately many of my country seemed more offended than anything

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posted May 14, 2009

I think the NFL should go for one in Scotland, and one in England, speaking as someone from one of the Scottish American football teams, the Edinburgh Wolves, I'm sure the lads would love to see how the professionals do it without having to travel a really long distance!!!

I'd like to see a game like the Patriots against the Colts at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, or at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

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posted May 14, 2009

It's got to be the Millenium Stadium. It's a winter sport but a good turf is key. The roof would make Cardiff a great venue

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posted May 14, 2009

I'd like to see a game like the Patriots against the Colts at Murrayfield in Edinburgh
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With the weather up there what it is, that would be just like a Pats home game!

To be honest I doubt theyd play big games such as Pats/Colts abroad. The games they'd bring out would most likely be AFC/NFC matchups.

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posted May 14, 2009

The Emirates

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posted May 14, 2009

croke park largest stadium in british isles isnt it?

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posted May 15, 2009

Croke Park Might not be the best as the Gridiron might be a bit lost in the middle of the field. The Field is 144.5 m x 88 m in Croker. I've played American Football games on GAA pitches before and itís like youíre playing in the corner of the field.

I know the thread is about another game in the UK, but considering the popularity of the game would it not make sense to play it in Germany. Iíd be up for a trip to Germany for a game anyway. Great beer and the food is just fantastic.

But hey, if itís in the UK, Iíll go to it anyway, no matter where itís played. Cardiff would get my vote though.

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posted May 15, 2009

Juice - I agree.
There's a strong bias within the NFL to stage international series in UK when there is a bigger following in Germany and Scandinavia.
I'm against any competetive game being taken out of US and if I want to go see a game I have to travel to the States, I've done this for years. Similarly if there's a die hard American cricket fan they should have to travel to the WI/England/NZ/Aus etc.
I'd be more up for a weekend in Hamburg than a Wembley trip I have to say

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posted May 15, 2009

the comment about the lifting of restrictions on the coverage made me laugh, I was sitting in the stands at Candlestick Park waiting for the game against the Seahawks to start and they were showing the Wembley game live on the big screens! People around me heard the accent and it started a lively debate about whether the game should be there at all - I'd say it was at least 80% 'no!'

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posted May 16, 2009

I'd like to see the Steelers play at either Hampden or Murrayfield. It's the least the NFL can do after taking away my beloved London Monarchs!

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posted May 18, 2009

Millenium Stadium good choice. Won't have to worry about the weather because of the roof and plenty of bars around the stadium. also you have cardiff rfc right next door for a tailgate party!

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posted May 18, 2009

Please do one at Murrayfield!!!!!! Please....

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comment by mweller (U6882242)

posted May 22, 2009

A quick comment that's a tad off topic, but wanted to pass along. Ireland is having an american football game in a year or two (forget when exactly), albeit college--Notre Dame University (Catholic college, nickname the "fighting Irish") taking on the US Naval Academy squad. I'm not sure of the date (think 2012, but could very well be wrong) or the location, but remember seeing it somewhere. If you haven't seen the college game, very similar, though the disparity in skills lets some teams dominate moreso than the parity in the NFL. College fanbase in my opinion more lively, have a closer relationship to the teams. Plus, druken 20 year olds more lively than druken 40 year olds (I speak from experience on both counts).

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posted Jun 2, 2009

As an American living in Aberdeen (and witness to the incredible passion of UK sports fans), I'd say Edinburgh... Though I am of course deeply prejudiced, I have to believe that if Scots could just get a wee taste for the game...

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posted Jun 5, 2009

Southampton's St Marys Stadium

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posted Jun 27, 2009

Molienex-wolverhampton

Salisbury football club stadium :L

It would be great for the sport if there host a few more match (2-3) across england and one in scotland one year, wale the following year, and ireland after that. Then do the whole process again across wale-scotland-ireland.

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comment by townmax (U2183146)

posted Jul 18, 2009

I think a couple of years ago they dropped the ball so to speak by not having the Saints based for home matches around Europe (after Katrina).
Now the NFL is still trying to expand why not get prospective owners to view a European side as an option to play in the NFL itself with top rated players.
As for a second game, my heart says Cardiff, my head says Old Trafford (somewhere I could get to easily).

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