The Jacksonville Jaguars have committed to playing in the NFL’s International Series until at least 2016 and today they are announcing their next opponent for the game at Wembley Stadium in London, England. When the Jaguars make the overseas trip next season, they will be “hosting” the San Francisco 49ers.
The Jaguars – 49ers game will take place on October 27th, 2013.
“By committing to play a regular-season home game in London in each of the next four years, the Jaguars will play a major role in helping grow our sport in the UK and beyond,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We think Jaguars-49ers is a matchup our fans will really enjoy and a great way to start a new era in the international development of our game.”
While many are not fans of team’s taking the time to travel overseas mid-season, Jaguars owner Shad Khan is thrilled about the opportunity for Jacksonville.
“Everyone associated with the Jacksonville Jaguars is very much looking forward to our four home games in London through 2016, and we’re particularly thrilled and honored that our first opponent will be the San Francisco 49ers,” Khan said. “This is a unique and important opportunity for the Jaguars franchise, as well as for our fans and community. To share this stage in our first year at Wembley with a rising power like the 49ers will bring additional attention and respect to what we’re trying to achieve as a franchise. We can’t wait to see our global vision for the Jaguars become reality next season.”
While the Jaguars are worrying about their global vision, they should focus on the local vision and work on selling out those home games before becoming the traveling Los Angeles Jaguars.