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The NFL at Wembley 2012

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Tom Brady
The Star Of The New England Patriots. Photo: Jeffrey Beall

Since 2007 there has been one annual football match at the national stadium that never disappoints the expectant audience. The reason it never disappoints is because it isn't the England team gracing the hallowed turf of Wembley, and it isn't even the British version of football that's being played. It's the American one, the rugby type one that isn't actually rugby and is played with a lot more padding and protection. For five years now the National Football League has played one of its games at Wembley Stadium and slowly but surely the British public are beginning to see why the Superbowl attracts such a large audience.

On the 28th of October this year the New England Patriots will be taking on the St Louis Rams in front of 80,000 people. The Patriots are probably the team with the biggest fan base in the UK, and this should ensure a fantastic atmosphere inside the stadium. NFL games are full of tension, excitement and last minute action, so if like your sports going at 100 miles an hour, then the Wembley NFL game is highly recommended for you.

The prices for this event range from £45-£100 meaning that they are the same as a Premier League game, so if you want to vary up your viewing you won't be out of pocket. The game is scheduled to take place in London until 2016 so even if you miss out on the ticket ballot this year you have plenty of chance to try again in the future.

So, if you live in or around London, or are simply visiting in October and you fancy seeing cheerleaders dancing during halftime rather then the queue for the burger van, then the NFL game could be for you. If you enjoy seeing a fast pace, action- filled game filled with crunching tackles and some of the most finely tuned athletes in the world, then this is one not to miss.

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Why? You can watch NFL outside of the States live
When: 28th October 2012
Where: Wembley Stadium
Cost: £45-£100
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I've always wondered if American football has helmets and padding because it is rougher than rugby, or just because rugby players are made of stern stuff.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12205) 2201 days ago
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