WEMBLEY Stadium is to host two NFL games in 2013 in a deal that is a blow to Croke Park’s hopes of holding a game.
Minnesota Vikings will play six-time
Super Bowl champions the
Pittsburgh Steelers in London on September 29 next year.
NFL had already confirmed that
Jacksonville Jaguars and
San Francisco 49ers will play on October 27, 2013.
Croke Park had been hoping to host a game involving the Steelers, owned by US Ambassador to Ireland
Dan Rooney, next autumn.
It had been estimated that a regular season American
football game here could be worth €50m to the local economy, and would have followed on from the successful college game between
Navy and Notre Dame at
Lansdowne Road in August.
That game will not now happen in Ireland next year but Croke Park has indicated that it will push for another American game after 2013.