While working with the slogan ‘Home to Welsh Rugby’, the Principality Stadium is being considered to host a future NFL match, with the facilities said to be ‘perfect’ for American football.
With an aim to improve international interest in the sport, four matches will be held in the U.K. next year; two at Wembley Stadium and another two at Twickenham Stadium. However, building plans to take the sport outside of the English capital, Cardiff has been branded ‘the ideal host’, with NFL UK managing director, Alistair Kirkwood, eager to get these plans underway.
“There’s not a lot of stadia in the UK that suit our sport. But the Principality Stadium works perfectly. We’ve been playing games at Wembley, we’ve now moved into Twickenham and we’ve also got a long-term deal with Spurs. We’ve shown we like to play in different stadia.
“I’ve been to the Principality Stadium as a fan and I’ve had a couple of conversations with them. I think we’d need two teams that would want to stay for a week because of the extra travel. But it’s certainly in the mix” he told he told BBC Wales Sport.
Speaking at an NFL UK fans’ forum in Cardiff, Kirkwood progressed words of optimism, having found a huge fanbase in the people of Cardiff. Promoting the upcoming London matches, he says:
“Tonight’s event and the passion the Welsh fans have shown speaks volumes. It’s a really good message for me to take back to New York.”
Enjoying a history of hosting major sporting events and concerts, the multi-purpose arena seems like a logical choice, having provided the backdrop for events such as the 1999 Rugby World Cup final, several FA Cup finals and Joe Calzaghe’s World Super Middleweight title defence against Mikkel Kessler. The stadium is also the current home of the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain.