The National Football League announced on Thursday that the Kansas City Chiefs have been selected to host a regular-season game overseas for the first time in franchise history. The club will take on the Detroit Lions in London on Nov. 1, 2015. The Week 8 contest will be part of the NFL’s International Series played at Wembley Stadium, one of three NFL games taking place in the United Kingdom in 2015. The game will be televised live locally and nationally on FOX.
“It is an honor for Kansas City to represent the NFL on an international stage,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “We are excited for the opportunity this creates for our fans, our city and the global growth of the Chiefs brand.”
Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt has played a key role in expanding the NFL’s footprint overseas. He has served as the International Committee’s Chairman since 2011. The International Series has grown from one regular season game in 2007 to three games in 2014. In total, 17 clubs have played games in London since 2007. Six NFL franchises will play at Wembley stadium in 2015. The Chiefs will host the Detroit Lions, the Miami Dolphins will host the New York Jets in a division matchup and the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Buffalo Bills.
NFL International was formed in October of 1996. The league has held at least one regular-season game in London each year since 2007.