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Old 02-03-2010, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm thinking of attending an NFL game at Wembley this year. I am very excited, I have never been to England and I think this will be a great "excuse" to go!!
Anyone here ever been to one? Any tips for a reasonably priced hotel near the stadium and public transport? Does American football have a pretty big following there??

Thanks all!
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: England.
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You may find this discussion useful for a cultural perspective:

American football league(NFL) may locate a team in London

Wembley is a great stadium in a bad area, but well placed for tubes, rail, and buses to just about any budget hotel you care to find on the Internet.

I might travel to America to experience baseball or NFL, but can't imagine going all the way there to see something I already have at home. If you're here for a few days, why not take in a soccer match? Arsenal if you want beauty and glamour, or Millwall if you want a gritty edge.
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:03 PM
 
Location: The Silver State (from the UK)
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I have been to the games there for the past 2 years. My in-laws (big green bay fans) came over and thought it was great. The stadium is fantastic and the NFL really goes out of its way to put on a show. Our "tailgate" is a huge event with 360 cinema's, bands, cheerleaders, and the Lombardi trophy on display.

Well worth it!
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Thanks all! I agree with the earlier post about having something already at home, but I can turn this into a great mini-vacation. I was planning to stay at least a week, sightsee, enjoy local culture, attend the game, etc. I wouldn't go necessarily to only see a game.
Great info! Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Brighton, UK
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Hope you have fun at the game and enjoy London! Every time I go to the states I like going to sports matches although the attitude seems to be quite different (but refresing in many ways).
But to answer your question about whether it has a following or not I would answer that it does has a very small and dedicated following but that the vast majority of people do not follow it or even know the rules. That is because it isn't really a sport here (in fact many people don't consider it a 'real' sport because of the pads, the specialist positions etc. in contrast with rugby). Also because it isn't really played outside of the US (correct me if I'm wrong), whereas the main sports like Football, Rugby and Cricket are played world wide, command billions of fanatical fans and enjoy competitions and rivalries that in some cases date back over a hundred years. I would definitely recommend getting tickets (if you can!) for a football game when you're over here to see how europeans do sport!
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: England
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I think that the lack of action in American football is one of the reasons that the game is not popular in the UK.
For example the ball is only in play for an average of 16-17 minutes in an NFL game, yet the game can last for 3 hours or more.
On the other hand, games like Soccer & Rugby are full of action without the constant stoppages that American football is full of.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:12 PM
 
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I would definitely reccommend watching a REAL football game if you are traveling to London. An American football game would be an absolute snoozer compared to an Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham or West Ham match which I guarentee would be an experience that you would never forget.
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Old 03-07-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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Just to reiterate what was said above, I would not stay in the vicinity of the stadium. Find a hotel which is in a better area and has better access to the other tourist sites. Public transport is good and you will have no problem getting to the stadium on it.
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Old 03-07-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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Thanks all! I agree with the earlier post about having something already at home, but I can turn this into a great mini-vacation. I was planning to stay at least a week, sightsee, enjoy local culture, attend the game, etc. I wouldn't go necessarily to only see a game.
Great info! Thanks!
I think it is a great "excuse". Go for it!!!!!
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:35 PM
 
Location: The Silver State (from the UK)
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I would definitely reccommend watching a REAL football game if you are traveling to London. An American football game would be an absolute snoozer compared to an Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham or West Ham match which I guarentee would be an experience that you would never forget.


Your kidding right?
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