The first London “home” game for the Jaguars will be next year on October 27th. The San Francisco 49ers will come to town and try to show the Jags what’s what in Jacksonville’s first London game.
As the NFL seeks to expand its market the London games have become a fairly regular part of the NFL season. The Jags have signed a four year agreement to play one home game a year in London. This time the Niners will be coming to town, probably in the hope of drawing more people to the game at Wembley Stadium.
The teams that host the London games tend to be on the lower end of the NFL standings and the Jags are no exception. Bringing in a winning team will add excitement and interest to a populace that does not have access to the NFL as regularly as the American public.
Everyone associated with the Jacksonville Jaguars is very much looking forward to our four home games in London through 2016. We’re particularly thrilled and honored that our first opponent will be the San Francisco 49ers. – Owner Shahid Khan
The Jags are the first team to commit to a series in London. Usually it has been on a one game deal by the NFL with a team that is looking to expand their base as well as the NFL’s influence. Now the Jaguars can be considered the “home team” of London through the 2016 season. This could help the Jags get into a much larger market since they currently play in one of the smaller markets in the NFL. If the team is successful in their performances in London and manage to grow a major fan base there it could go a long way to quelling the constant rumors that the team may be moving to Los Angeles.
- Luke N. Sims