NFL Wembley: Vikings owner Mark Wilf backs plans for international expansion

Last Updated: 28/09/13 2:50pm

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Minnesota Vikings owner Mark Wilf has reiterated his support for the globalisation of the NFL ahead of Sunday's clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.

The pair meet at Wembley Stadium for the seventh encounter on English soil since the inaugural London event in 2007, which saw New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins 13-10.

Previous attempts to branch out of the United States also saw the Arizona Cardinals take on the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico's Estadio Azteca before meeting a very welcoming crowd in Europe.

However, speculation mounting over the possibility of a London expansion team being based at Wembley Stadium, Wilf insists he would wholeheartedly support any move to develop the sport.

"From a Minnesota Vikings perspective we are fully supportive of growing the game internationally," he said.


"It is a tremendous game and I think the fans here are starting to appreciate that more and more, so if that's the direction that might be - a franchise or other things along those lines - we're supportive of those efforts to grow the game internationally.

In the build-up to Sunday's main event Roger Maslin, managing director of Wembley Stadium, has said he believes the venue has the capacity host an entire regular season of NFL games, which Wilf believes would be well received by the British audience.

"There is no question that the fan excitement and fan interest grows and grows a little bit more," he added.

"It is a contagious type of feeling to watch a game. The kind of experiences you have where families and communities come together around a game of football are things we want to see growing around the world every day."

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