Vikings top candidate for London games

Posted Aug. 18, 2012 @ 12:34 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

With the Rams opting not play games in London in 2013 and ’14 to focus on a stadium deal in St. Louis, it appears the NFL is hoping the Vikings will agree to become the league’s major presence across the pond in the next four seasons.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that the Vikings are the league’s top candidate to play in Wembley Stadium in the next four years, with the team negotiating with the University of Minnesota to relocate games from TCF Bank Stadium to London while the Metrodome is restructured.

“We’ve expressed an interest, and there’s a process the league is following,” team V.P. of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said.  “We’ll see how it shakes out.”

The NFL played its first annual game at Wembley Stadium in 2007. Nine teams have visited, including the Buccaneers twice. The Rams are scheduled to play the Patriots at Wembley on Oct. 28.

The Vikings have played four preseason games abroad between 1983-94, including one in London, and won them all.