In December, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers realized they would play a game at home in London during the regular season of 2019, and the byproduct of Super Bowl LV will be awarded to the Tampa Bay area. In January, the Buccaneers were informed that their opponent for that game across the Atlantic will be the Carolina Panthers division. Finally, the Buccaneers now know the specific time and place for that contest.
Before the release of the full schedule, scheduled for Wednesday night, the NFL announced details of its five games of the International Series in 2019. The Buccaneers and Panthers will play in the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, October 13. 2:30 pm local time in London, which means it will start at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time of EE UU
Information on ticket purchases for the Tottenham game will be announced at a later date.
The Buccaneers-Panthers contest will be the second NFL game to be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a multipurpose facility designed specifically to house football and American football contests, as well as other events. The stadium, which is home to Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League, features a football field that divides and retracts, revealing a synthetic turf underneath to be used for NFL games.
This is the third time the Buccaneers will play a regular season game in London, after a couple of contests at Wembley Stadium in 2009 and 2011. It will be their first game in the division to be played overseas. the two previous competitions were against the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears, respectively. The NFL has scheduled two games each at Tottenham and Wembley in 2019, as well as a fifth game of the International Series in Mexico City.
The owners of the NFL approved a resolution in 2014 that requires teams that are part of a successful Super Bowl bid to play a game at home overseas within the next five seasons. The resolution is part of an ongoing effort to grow the league's International Series, which this season included three games in London and a quarter originally scheduled for Mexico City before being moved to Los Angeles. The LV Super Bowl will take place at Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021, after the NFL's 2020 season.
As noted, the contest will count as a home game for the Buccaneers. The team will also play home games at Raymond James Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals, the Atlanta Falcons, the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts, the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers.