Overwhelming Demand For Chargers-Saints Game In London

In the first 90 minutes of availability, 40,000 tickets were sold for the Chargers-Saints game at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The NFL, acknowledging the intense demand, issued an additional 5,000 tickets to go on sale immediately.

Honestly, I am slightly surprised that the Brits are so excited the the NFL is coming to town. Europe is known to be huge fans of Soccer, but American-style football has yet to establish itself in the territory. But London is looking like its ready to rock when the NFL comes to town.

AJ Smith compared the game to a Super Bowl-type atmosphere, which he believes will serve his young team well. Smith knows that the NFL is going to play a number of games in the UK over the next three seasons, so there is no opting out. While the travel is going to be significant, the logistics of it all pleases Smith somewhat. The Chargers will play the Buffalo Bills the week before heading to London, so they'll fly directly there, rather than fly back to San Diego. The Chargers also have a bye week following the London game, so that gives them time to recover from jetlag and the stress of the all travel.

Want to see the game in person? Go check out Chargers.com for info.

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May 30, 2008

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