Cherrio! The Detroit Lions are heading across the pond for tea and crumpets with the Queen at noon. Well maybe they won’t meet the Queen but the Lions will meet the Atlanta Falcons at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2014 as part of the NFL’s International Series.
This is a chance for our team to play on an international stage and do that against a really high quality opponent in the Falcons,” Lions president Tom Lewand told detroitlions.com. “That’s a really good challenge for them. The travel. The crowd size. The pageantry that’s involved. Those things provide valuable experience for any team and its players.”
Lewand went on to describe how he believes the international clash with Atlanta will help to elevate the reputation of a city that has taken some PR hits as of late.
I think importantly, too, it’s an opportunity for our fans and our partners to have a global platform to tell our story about how great our fans are, about what great things are happening with our team and our community and the City of Detroit. I can’t think of a better city to have its team represent it on a global scale than the City of Detroit.
The famous Wembley Stadium hosted 83,518 fans to see the Minnesota Vikings play the Pittsburgh Steelers. The NFL estimates there are nearly 2.5 millions avid NFL fans in London.