Are you ready for some football? London is gearing up for that other variety of the game - American Gridiron! The National Football League (NFL) is taking over London this Sunday, September 29th, for an international faceoff between the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium. Tickets for the game are sold out, but you can still enjoy the fever pitch in the city throughout the weekend. We give you a round up of places that you can watch the game and celebrate this great American tradition hopping across the pond. On Saturday September 28th, the shopping mecca Regent Street will be closed off to cars from 12pm-6pm for an NFL Block Party. Enjoy performances from the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders and appearances from both the Vikings and Steelers players – and you'll even see the Vince Lombardi Trophy. You can feast on classic American food, listen to live music and try your hand at interactive games.
Regent Street has gone all out for the occasion, decorating in preparation for the big block party. Check out this timelapse of the installation of NFL flags on Regent Street.
The game on Sunday will start at 6pm GMT (1pm EST and 10am PST), but if you're in London and not lucky enough to have a ticket to watch it up close and personal, you're still invited to go along to Wembley to sample the pre-game excitement before the game at the NFL Game Day Fan Plaza from 12-5pm on Sunday September 29th - what's more - it's free!
Pub Playbook There are many sports bars across the UK that you can watch this game and all the other NFL games, with many opening their doors til 6:30am to cater to fans! Here's our pub playbook for you. The football fun doesn’t end when September does; the Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday October 27th. Tickets are still available for the game - but you'll need running back speed to snag ‘em! On Saturday October 26th, Trafalgar Square will host a special fan rally, featuring appearances by some of the players from both teams, coaches and cheerleaders as well as music, dance acts and special celebrity guests. Britain is thrilled to welcome the NFL and its fans to London; if rumours are true, this may just be the beginning - Wembley is looking to host the Super Bowl itself at some point in the future. In the meantime, don't miss out on the exciting mix of American Football activities with a proper British flair!