NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that the Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Minnesota Vikings next year, September 29, 2013, in London.
This will be one of two NFL games played at Wembley Stadium next year.
The other game, announced last week, will be played between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2013.
From Steelers.com this afternoon:
While the Vikings previously played at Wembley during the 1983 preseason, the Steelers’ trip to London will be the franchise’s first, but that should not be taken to mean the franchise is a neophyte when it comes to playing outside the United States.
In fact, the Steelers’ trip to London will be their eighth time doing just that, even though it deserves mention that this will be their first regular season game played abroad.
The Steelers have played preseason games in Montreal twice – against the New York Giants in 1969 and the New England Patriots in 1990; they opened the 1993 preseason in Barcelona, Spain, against the San Francisco 49ers; as the defending AFC Champions, they opened the 1996 preseason in Tokyo against the San Diego Chargers; then in 1997 the Steelers and the Chicago Bears opened the 1997 preseason in Dublin where they staged the first American football game ever played in Ireland’s historic Croke Park; and in 2008 the Steelers faced the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.
You can read more from the Steelers official website here.
That’s German fan Hans-Peter_Mößner standing in front of Big Ben in 2011 in the jersey of his favorite American athlete, Big Ben! “It was pretty cold,” said Hans-Peter about posing in front of the clock tower on a blustery day. “But I did it last October during the International Series in London, UK. Big Ben greetings from Germany!”