St. Louis Rams

Rams will play a 2016 “home” game in London

The St. Louis Rams will play a “home” game Oct. 23, 2016 at new Twickenham Stadium in London, England, the club announced Wednesday.

The game will be against a still to be determined NFC East opponent and will be part of the UK International Series. Other teams playing in England next season are Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 2 at Wembley Stadium) and Washington vs. Cincinnati (Oct. 30 at Wembley Stadium).

The Rams are returning to London for the first time since 2012.

“The passion our UK fans have shown for the NFL is overwhelming,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We are very appreciative of the strong and growing fan support, not only for the games, but for all of the related NFL events we host in the UK throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming new fans to their first NFL game in 2016 and welcoming back thousands of others that are helping our sport grow to new levels of popularity in London and beyond.”

The St. Louis NFL Stadium Task Force issued a statement Wednesday not long after the Rams announced they would be playing one of their eight regular-season home games in London next year.

“The Rams playing a home game in London next season is irrelevant if the team leaves St. Louis. However, we are confident the Rams will continue to call St. Louis their home. Our work remains focused on the Rams playing for 30 years in a new riverfront stadium in downtown St. Louis, and not whether they play one home game a year from now in London. If the Rams proceed with us on the North Riverfront stadium and redevelopment project, we’re certain accommodations can be made for the Rams to play one game in London next season.”

The NFL said game times and the possibility of another International Series game outside of England will be announced later.

This is Jacksonville’s fourth straight year playing a game in London while the Colts will be making their international debut. Washington may play in consecutive weeks in London in 2016, depending on the final standings.

The NFL continues trying to grow the game internationally and up to 24 teams will have played in London following the 2016 season. There have been 14 NFL games played in London since 2007, beginning with the Giants and Dolphins.

Norm Sanders: 618-239-2454, @NormSanders

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