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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Flags advertising the NFL in London are seen on Regent Street prior to a Pittsburgh Steelers press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Atlanta Falcons prepare to enter the field during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: NFL fans observe the USA national anthem during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Garrett Reynolds #70 of the Detroit Lions smiles after victory during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: A general view during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky Hayes/NFL/Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: A general view prior to the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: NFL fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere on Olympic Way prior to the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: NFL fans make their way up Olympic Way prior to the NFL match between Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Raider fans enjoy the prematch atmosphere during the NFL match between the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on September 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: The Raiders take to the field prior to kickoff during the NFL match between the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on September 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Fans arrive at the stadium prior to kickoff during the NFL match between the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on September 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: The San Francisco 49ers kick the ball off during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on October 27, 2013 in London, England. The 49ers defeated the Jaguars 42-10 during the NFL International Series game. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: The British Flag is stretched over Wembley Stadium prior to the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 27, 2013 in London, England. The 49ers defeated the Jaguars 42-10 during the NFL International Series game. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: A general view of a mini American Football pitch set up outside of Wembley Stadium ahead of the NFL International Series game between San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on October 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the NFL International Series game between San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on October 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: San Francisco 49ers fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the NFL International Series game between San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on October 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Pre-match entertainment prior to the NFL International Series game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky Hayes/NFL UK/Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: A fan makes her way to the stadium ahead of the NFL International Series game between Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: The Bobby Moore statue ahead of the NFL International Series game between Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Flags advertising the NFL in London are seen on Regent Street prior to a Pittsburgh Steelers press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Train perform during the pre-game show at the NFL International Series match between the New England Patriots and the St.Louis Rams at Wembley Stadium on October 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) — The NFL will play a minimum of two regular-season games a year at Premier League club Tottenham's new stadium over a 10-year period under a deal announced Wednesday.

Tottenham's new 61,000-seat stadium is expected to open in the summer of 2018 and will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that would be used for NFL games.

"With growing enthusiasm for the NFL in the United Kingdom, we are committed to hosting NFL games in world-class venues and are excited to partner with Tottenham Hotspur to play games at their future stadium," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

The NFL currently has two years remaining on its deal with Wembley Stadium, where it has staged 11 regular-season games since 2007. Wembley will host three more NFL games this year.

The NFL said t is "optimistic" the relationship with Wembley will be extended beyond 2016.

However, the NFL said games may also be played at different U.K. venues during the span of the 10-year agreement with Tottenham.

"We have an opportunity now to deliver one of the most unique sporting and entertainment venues in the world, bringing together the EPL and NFL for the first time," Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy added

In 2012, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed a deal to play at least one-regular season home game at Wembley for four seasons until 2016.

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