English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a ten-year deal with the National Football League (NFL) to stage at least two games per year at the club’s new stadium in north London.
The new stadium, due for completion in the summer of 2018, will feature a retractable grass pitch, underneath which there will be an artificial surface that would be used for NFL games. The artificial field will be multi-use and enable the stadium to host a number of sporting and entertainment events.
The stadium will have dedicated facilities for both soccer and football, after the club recently had planning permission approved for a basement area below the proposed 61,000-capacity stadium, which will include extended player changing facilities capable of accommodating NFL teams.
The stadium will form part of the Northumberland Development Project that spans more than 20 acres in North Tottenham, London.
In addition to the minimum of two games per year at the new Tottenham site, other NFL games may take place at different venues in the UK during the span of the ten-year agreement.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said: "With growing enthusiasm for the NFL in the United Kingdom, we are committed to hosting NFL games in world-class venues and are excited to partner with Tottenham Hotspur to play games at their future stadium.
"We share a vision and commitment to creating the best experience for our teams, fans and the local community."
Daniel Levy, the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, said: "We have an opportunity now to deliver one of the most unique sporting and entertainment venues in the world, bringing together the EPL and NFL for the first time.
"The socio-economic benefits this will bring to the area will be immense and demonstrates our commitment to the regeneration of this priority borough in London."
In 2015, three regular-season NFL games will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.