NFL announces a Lions-Falcons match-up in London in 2014

Posted Oct 24, 2013

The Detroit Lions are going international for the first time in franchise history, playing a regular season game in London

The Detroit Lions are going international.

The Atlanta Falcons will host Detroit at London's Wembley Stadium next season. A date is yet to be determined.

It'll be the first international regular season game for the Lions in franchise history.

"This is a chance for our team to play on an international stage and do that against a really high quality opponent in the Falcons," Lions president Tom Lewand told "That's a really good challenge for them. The travel. The crowd size. The pageantry that's involved. Those things provide valuable experience for any team and its players."

The International Series has increased NFL fan interest in the UK, with a current fan base of more than 12 million, including 2.5 million avid fans, a 30-percent increase the last two years, according to the NFL.

"I think importantly, too, it's an opportunity for our fans and our partners to have a global platform to tell our story about how great our fans are, about what great things are happening with our team and our community and the City of Detroit.

"I can't think of a better city to have its team represent it on a global scale than the City of Detroit."

The International Series in London in 2014 will also feature two other games: Dallas vs. Jacksonville and Miami vs. Oakland.

Minnesota's 34-27 win over Pittsburgh in London on Sept. 29 drew a crowd of 83,518 to Wembley Stadium.

This is a road game for the Lions, which means they still have all eight of their regular season home games at Ford Field.

In addition to the road game against the Falcons in London, the Lions are scheduled to visit Green Bay, Chicago, Minnesota, Carolina, New England, New York (Jets) and a team from the NFC West next year.