Vikings Set for a Game in London in 2013

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The NFL announced Tuesday that the Minnesota Vikings will play as guest host to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game in London in 2013, as reported by ESPN.

The game is set to take place in London's Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013. This game will be the first of two London NFL games in 2013; the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Fransisco 49ers will play a game there on October 27.

This will be the first time that the NFL has had two regular-season games played in London in the same year.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called it "a very significant and important step for our fans in the UK and our teams in general." Goodell went on to say that it comes back to a "belief in the fans in the UK and in London."

This London trip marks the second in team history for the Vikings; Minnesota traveled there in 1983 to play a preseason game, according to The Star Tribune.

"This is an opportunity to grow our brand and to grow the game of football internationally," Vikings president Mark Wilf said. "We have fans throughout the world. It will give excellent and exceptional exposure for the team."

According to ESPN's report, Goodell is considering changing the start times of NFL games in America to ensure a more opportune viewing time for the European fans. His plan would have games beginning at 10:30 a.m in the eastern time zone.

According the Star Tribune, the Vikings may seek to return to London in the years following the 2013 trip; the team will be displaced from the Metrodome for parts of the 2014 and all of the 2015 season as its new stadium in downtown Minneapolis is being built.

For now, according to team president Mark Wilf, the Vikings are committed to just one game.

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