NFL confirms Bears-Bucs in London

Posted April 18, 2011 @ 5:38 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The NFL announced Monday that the Bears and Buccaneers will play in London on Oct. 23 as part of the fifth annual NFL International Series game, confirming published reports from last week.

The game will return to Wembley Stadium and is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The full NFL schedule will be released on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network and NFL.com.

"Our past four games in London have demonstrated the tremendous passion for NFL football that exists in the UK," Commisioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "We hope by staging another extraordinary game at Wembley that we can continue to grow our existing fan base and attract even more new fans."

The Bucs will be the "home" team, and the club announced that any season ticket account that has been paid in full will be refunded for the amount of that game. Reports indicate, however, that the Bears-Bucs game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa if the labor situation is not resolved by Aug. 1.

This would be Tampa Bay's second game in London since 2009.

"We are honored to be selected to participate in the NFL International Series for a second time," Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement. "We are looking forward to promoting Tampa Bay's emerging young team on the world stage. We have the longest running fan club of any NFL team in the UK and look forward to seeing so many familiar faces from the Bucs UK fan club at the game."