Denver will travel to London next season on Halloween to take on the San Francisco 49ers, the Broncos announced today.
“The Denver Broncos are honored to play in London against the 49ers as part of the NFL’s International Series,” Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen said. “Our organization has been fortunate to play in several American Bowls in previous years, including one in London, but to play a regular-season game overseas is truly special.
“It’s a wonderful, historic opportunity for our franchise and will be an unforgettable experience for our players, coaches and fans. I’m excited for the game in London and am thrilled that the Broncos will be part of the NFL’s continued international growth.”
The game will be played at Wembley Stadium at 11 a.m. MST (5 p.m. UK). CBS will provide live television coverage of the game in the United States.
Denver’s game against the 49ers marks the fourth time the NFL has hosted a regular-season game in the United Kingdom with the previous three contests played before sellout crowds. The league has held one regular-season game in London each season beginning in 2007.
Denver’s game against the 49ers was set to be an away game, so the club will continue to host eight regular-season games at INVESCO Field at Mile High during the 2010 season.
If it were up to me the NFL would never send teams to London or any other “neutral” field that steals a home game from a franchise. I’m sure the Denver players will dread having to make the trip, but at least they still get their full slate of games at home, unlike the Niners.
Hopefully the Chiefs will get a lucky draw and get to play the Broncos after they get back from London. Even with a week off to recover, I’ll take my chances with a team that has had to do that much traveling in such a short amount of time.