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Offline flep  
#1 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 7:32:30 AM(UTC)

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After the success of this years game at Wembley (and what a game it was)

What is the feeling among Packer fans here to whether you would like to see the Packers play In London either next season or the one after?

Roger Goodell stated last week during the game that the NFL is looking into playing possibly 2 games at Wembley for at least the next 2 seasons.

As a UK Packer Fan I would love to see the Packers play here. And would kill for tickets. The cost of me watching a game at Wembley is cosiderably cheaper than flying out to the States.

Before you go mad at me I understand totally that the Pack would never ever give up a home game but surely they would not be bothered about playing an away game at Wembley? It was good enough for San Diego and just think of the time it took them to get to London.

Nest season we play Pittsburgh away. Now that would be some game.

The season after we play the Jets and the Patriots and I am sure they are both slated as away games. Imagine if Favre was still playing and the Packers got the Jets to play a home game 3,000 miles away. You have to believe me when I say that the Pack is one of the most supported teams in the UK. We have an absolutely massive following and the Jets fans wuld be out numbered 2 - 1 easily.

What say you Packer backers?
Offline Greg C.  
#2 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:25:00 AM(UTC)

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Your thread title, "Packers to play at Wembley," made me think that the Packers were actually going to play at Wembley. But they're not.

As to your question, I wouldn't mind if they played an away game at Wembley, but I would be irritated if it was a home game. Just like any other NFL fan.

It would be weird for the Packers to play in England, but I'd be happy for you. I appreciate Packer fans who live far away. And I appreciate that fans from other continents will post in this forum at odd hours, when I can't sleep and nobody else is posting.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:26:45 AM(UTC)

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Sorry Greg

Have altered the thread title.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:38:12 AM(UTC)

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Sorry Greg

Have altered the thread title.


Hey, thanks! I appreciate that. And I think it's a great subject for a thread.
Offline Rockmolder  
#5 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 11:23:18 AM(UTC)

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I wouldn't mind it, being European myself. I'd like to them to give it a shot in other country's aswell though. Germany had 4 of the 5 last NFL Europe teams, I can imagine they would want an NFL game there.

As for my own country, the Netherlands. I think they could sell-out a game easily here aswell. We had the other NFL Europe team, and the Amsterdam ArenA is a stadium suited for an NFL match.

But to get back to the topic. It would be great if the Packers played at england as long as they would put it out in time. I don't know how expensive tickets are, but being 17 and working part-time in the supermarket, I asume I have to work at least 3 month's to get them Razz
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#6 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 11:29:15 AM(UTC)

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Greg you hit it right on the head. It would be neat to see them play over there but it would suck to take away a home game. Packer tickets are the hardest ticket in the nfl to get and to take a game away would be terrible. I live in PA and alot of steeler fans say they would love to get to green bay just to see a game. I heard a rumor about going to 17 games and then one of the extra games will be used for other countries.
BTW i'll be in heinz field next year for the packers steelers game, teacher from school has season tickets and said he would love to take me seeing i wear all my packer stuff to school.
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#7 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 11:40:02 AM(UTC)

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No, thank you.

But I love the idea of adding a week to the season and playing one game each week in a city that doesn't have an NFL team (you know, like Detroit...).
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#8 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 12:32:17 PM(UTC)

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i wouldn't mind think it is great that the pack has so many fan abroad :icon_smile: plus i think it kind of an honor that england would like the u.s.football team any team
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#9 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 2:27:54 PM(UTC)

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I think it would be cool as long as it's a road game. Give it to the Lions and save their fans some pain. LOL
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#10 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 2:57:22 PM(UTC)

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I understand the desire for English and European Packer fans want to see them play 1st hand but I personally would not like to see them play a regular season game over there. Preseason (week 1-2) would be fine.
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#11 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 5:40:39 PM(UTC)

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I understand the desire for English and European Packer fans want to see them play 1st hand but I personally would not like to see them play a regular season game over there. Preseason (week 1-2) would be fine.


The problem with that would most likely be the same as with the NFL Europe. We have the best soccer players, Hockey players etc. in Europe. No one wants to earn their hard-earned money on meaningless games and third string players, apart from some die-hard fans. Because, although it might be getting slightly more popular here, there still are alot of people that think it's Rugby with helmets or 11 fat men running and hitting eachother.

Now I won't say this won't draw any attention, but I don't see people coming from all across the country to see a pre-season games. Also, alot of these people coming to this current Wembley games seem to be American. I don't see them travelling half the world for a pre-season match.

What would be handy is to put the game in front of a bye week, so the players could get some rest after the game. In soccer, although less physical, they have 2 games a week from time to time, because of the Champions League that's running at the same time as the national competitions. Soccer is 2 x 45 minutes of running and, as a soccer player myself for 6 years, that can make you quite sore. Yet, they're ready again.

Maybe it's not totally comparable, since you have the yet-lag, and the one day less of practice, but having an extra game in the middle of a season....
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#12 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 6:26:00 PM(UTC)

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Nearly every person I've ever chatted with across the pond says or has something negative to say about the NFL or the game of "American" football.

Its unfair to season ticket holders/die hard fans to have to miss a game because they want to try to get people from another country to get into a game that they really don't have easy access to in the first place.

Shoot I only get 3-5 games on tv a weekend...give ME(and of course everyone else lol) more free games before you give them anything.
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#13 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 6:34:32 PM(UTC)

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That sounds somewhat egoistic to me, but I see where you're coming from.

The NFL also sees though, that pretty much every american that likes sports, is already a football fan. The only reason why most people here don't like the game, is because they don't know it. They're just trying to get some fans here aswell, and make more money. After all, the NFL is just a business aswell.

Also, there are alot of fans here aswell. Why not give them some games. Just 1 or 2 games played in Europe from the 200-250 Regular Season games played in one season. Seems fair enough in my eyes...
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#14 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 6:35:59 PM(UTC)

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Nearly every person I've ever chatted with across the pond says or has something negative to say about the NFL or the game of "American" football.

Its unfair to season ticket holders/die hard fans to have to miss a game because they want to try to get people from another country to get into a game that they really don't have easy access to in the first place.

Shoot I only get 3-5 games on tv a weekend...give ME(and of course everyone else lol) more free games before you give them anything.


This pretty much sums up my feelings on the subject. I'm not a fan of the NFL reaching across the pond to reel in a new fan base. I understand their motivations behind it ($$$), but it bothers me on a personal level.

If European fans want to see a game, by all means c'mon over here. Euro and the Pound are kicking the dollar's ass anyways.
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#15 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 6:42:58 PM(UTC)

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Two words. HELL NO!!!! espicially if they take away a packer home game. Thats a bunch of crap IMO. No way. I hate the idea of the NFL going over there. For any game. Not just the Packers. well start throwing the harassment at me lol. i can take it. That is just my opinion though.
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