Raiders and Seahawks will play first National Football League match at Spurs new stadium

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It'll be the first regular season game for the franchise at an overseas stadium.

The rapidly growing partnership between the National Football League and United Kingdom fans of the sport breaks new ground later this year when Tottenham Hotspur's new 61,000-seat stadium hosts an National Football League fixture for the first time when the Seattle Seahawks play the Oakland Raiders on October 14.

"It's a great learning for us, it's another test for us", Mark Waller, the NFL's executive vice president of worldwide, said Thursday at the site of Tottenham's new stadium.

"The beauty of our season is that we play once a week and we only play 16 games", said Waller. The Philadelphia Eagles will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have become a regular in London.

The Raiders, Jaguars and Chargers will be considered the home team in their respective games in London.

The Chargers' last game in London, a 37-32 loss to New Orleans in Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2008, was a quarterback duel between Philip Rivers, who completed 25 of 40 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and the Saints' Drew Brees, who completed 20 of 41 passes for 339 yards and three scores.

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The NFL announced Thursday that the Seahawks are one of six teams scheduled to play in London next season as part of the league's International Series.

The other clash at Wembley sees the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Chargers with those games to be played on October 21 and October 28.

The schedule also features three teams that haven't yet played in the International Series: The Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans.

Mark Waller, NFL executive vice-president of events and global, says it might work. "By playing games on three consecutive weeks we will learn a lot, both from the fans buying tickets and attending games, and from a logistics and organizational standpoint". We are able to contemplate something as audacious as having a team in London.

The new stadium was designed with NFL-sized changing rooms and to ensure the grass soccer pitch can be retracted and kept under lights below the stands when the artificial surface is required for NFL. "We will play an additional game at Tottenham in a future season, over and above the planned two per year, to make up for this".

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