The NFL will make its 10th annual trip overseas when the 2016 International Series touches down in London for a trio of games in October. New to this year's format is the inclusion of Twickenham Stadium, which will become just the second venue to host the series since its inception in 2007. Mexico will also get a taste of the action with a November game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. This is the first International Series game to be held there, although the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers battled in Mexico City back in 2005 before the series was introduced.
Although ticket information has yet to be released for the game in Mexico City, fans can expect to pay big ticket prices on the secondary market if planning a trip to London in October. According to international reseller Ticketbis, the cheapest NFL International Series tickets to each of the three games (at Wembley and Twickenham stadiums) is currently north of $160.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Indianapolis Colts in the first game at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 2, where tickets start at $166.01 on Ticketbis. That price reflects Category 4 seating in the East and West Stand sections of Wembley Stadium behind each goal post. Lower Level seating in Categories 1 and 2 (sideline 100s and end zone 100s, respectively) starts from $241.13.
Twickenham Stadium will host an Oct. 23 meeting between the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants. The newly relocated Rams receive hosting duties against the Giants, who make their first trip across the pond since the series' inaugural year in 2007. Rams vs. Giants tickets on Ticketbis currently start at $175.84 for Shortside Upper seats in the East and West Stand sections. Field seating behind each goal post begin at $341.15.
The third and final NFL game in London will take place at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30 when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Washington Redskins. 500-Level seating begins at $166.01, while 100-Level seating behind the goalposts starts at $296.30.
The Houston Texans-Oakland Raiders game in Mexico was only recently announced, so ticket sale information for the Nov. 21 game will likely be released to the general public in the coming weeks. The NFL cited several factors for its return to Mexico, including increasing average viewership of Hispanic fans and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Estadio Azteca. This year's matchup will be the first-ever Monday Night Football game held outside the U.S.
The Jaguars will make the trip to London for the fourth consecutive season in 2016 and are 1-2 in their previous three games at Wembley Stadium since 2013. The Colts will make their maiden voyage to London for the Oct. 2 game. The first NFL game at Twickenham Stadium will be a dust-off for both the Rams and Giants, who have collectively played just two International Series games since 2007.
The Oct. 30 game at Wembley Stadium will be a first for both the Bengals and Redskins, who each make their first appearance in the NFL International Series. The Bengals have never ventured outside the U.S. while the Redskins last played at Wembley in 1992.
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