Green Bay Packers to play in London in 2022
LONDON (CBS 58) -- The National Football League announced Monday, Feb. 28, the Green Bay Packers will play an international game during the 2022 season.
The Packers are among the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers who will play in the UK.
The Packers will make their first international trip, becoming the 32nd NFL team to play in London since 2007.
"We are very excited to be staging five games outside the United States in 2022, and thank the clubs for their continued commitment to growing the sport internationally," said Peter O'Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business and League Events. "Our fans in Germany, Mexico and the UK can look forward to seeing some of the most iconic names and biggest stars in the League and enjoying an incredible series of events."
According to a news release from the NFL, last year -- as part of the League's expansion of the regular season to 17 games -- it was determined that, beginning with the 2022 season, up to four of the teams from the conference whose teams were eligible for a ninth regular-season home game would instead be designated to play a neutral-site international game each year.
"The Green Bay Packers are excited to make our international debut during the 2022 season," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said. "Our fans in the UK and elsewhere in Europe have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to see the Packers play in their backyard, and we know that many of our fans in the United States will travel to London. It will be an honor to represent the NFL, as well as Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin, internationally. This will be a great opportunity to introduce the Packers, as well Green Bay and our area, to an international audience and encourage fans in the UK to visit us in person at Lambeau Field."