NFL announces 5 international games for 2023; Jaguars back to Wembley Stadium

General view outside the stadium prior to the NFL match between Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on October 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) (DAN MULLAN, 2022 Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The NFL officially announced its lineup of teams who will play international games in 2023, with the Jaguars returning to London’s Wembley Stadium.

In addition to the Jaguars, the Bills and Titans will play games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while the Chiefs and Patriots will play games in Germany. The NFL held its inaugural game in Munich last year. Their opponents for those games will be announced in the coming months.

The Jaguars’ commitment to London and Wembley Stadium was not new.

The team agreed to a three-year extension last March to play games at Wembley Stadium through 2024, so the announcement wasn’t entirely unknown. Jacksonville is one of six NFL teams to have home marketing rights in the U.K. The 8,500-mile round trip is significant for Jacksonville’s financial stability. The Jaguars credit about 11% of their local revenue to playing abroad.

They lost to the Broncos 21-17 this season in London, a game that drew a record crowd of 86,215.

Jacksonville has played a game in London since 2013, with the exception during the pandemic-affected 2020 season when the NFL scrapped all international series games. The Jaguars had planned to play two home games in London that year, a move that irritated local fans. The Jaguars are 4-5 in London games. Eight of those games have been played at Wembley and the other at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“The Jaguars and Wembley Stadium made International Games history in the capital in 2022, boasting the highest attendance of any NFL game in London ever and we are committed to Wembley for at least two more annual home games, with the aim of making each one bigger and better than the last,” said Jaguars team president Mark Lamping.

“Our commitment to London and the United Kingdom goes much deeper than just one home game each year, however. We have a loyal and continually growing fan base which we very much appreciate, our JagTag programme reaches almost 90,000 young people spanning the breadth of the country, and the Union Jax Foundation ensures we are able to provide support to a cross section of society’s vulnerable young people. The Jaguars plan to always be part of NFL landscape in London and we are all looking forward to being back in 2023.”

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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.