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The Good Morning Football team announces the local NFL International Series teams for all five regular season games in 2022, which includes a first-ever trip to London for the Green Bay Packers.

The Good Morning Football team announces the local NFL International Series teams for all five regular season games in 2022, which includes a first-ever trip to London for the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay Packers chairman Mark Murphy expects to feel at home when one of the NFL’s storied franchises finally crosses the pond for its first-ever game in London next season.

It was announced last month that the Packers will host a home game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this fall, meaning they will complete a long-awaited sweep as the 32nd and final NFL team to play in the capital since the start of the international series in 2007.

The New Orleans Saints are also set to host a game at Spurs, while the Jacksonville Jaguars will return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since 2019.

Murphy expects a Lambeau atmosphere when the Traveling Packers and European Packers meet.

“We have so many fans in Europe and I know we have a huge fanbase in the UK and Ireland and I’ve heard from so many people, they keep saying they’re ecstatic and out of their minds. ‘Them, can’t wait for the game, it’s gonna be like a home game for the Packers,’ Murphy told Sky Sports NFL’s Inside the Huddle.

Murphy says the Packers’ UK trip delay is down to loyalty to their famous Lambeau stalwarts rather than a lack of desire to play internationally.

The strength of the organization’s traveling support is such that he expects to see a large contingent of Packers accompanying them from Wisconsin.

“We have a waiting list of almost 200,000 people so season tickets are hard to come by, obviously with the secondary market people are willing to pay huge amounts of money to see games at Lambeau Field and then the reverse of the coin is that we travel so well.

“There are two reasons we haven’t played an international game yet, we’re a small market, by far the smallest in the NFL, so home games in Green Bay mean so much to the local economy that we were reluctant to take a game away and then when we travel our fans are everywhere you’re going to hear a lot about ‘Packers Everywhere’ it’s something we started many years ago it’s kind of the social network, but it’s really true, our fans are everywhere and they travel everywhere.

“We really, for our away games, feel like we have an advantage on the pitch. There have been two or three times I’ve been here where the home team had to count in silence because our fans were so loud.

“It’s a big plus and really excited to see all the Packer loyalists coming out strong.”

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NBC Sports’ Michael Smith says the Green Bay Packers can’t let two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers go to another team.

NBC Sports’ Michael Smith says the Green Bay Packers can’t let two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers go to another team.

Leading the team are MVP-winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers after it was announced he is staying in Green Bay amid uncertainty over his future with the team, while star receiver Davante Adams also expected to make the trip after being the recipient of the Packers’ franchise tag.

Additionally, the Packers likely arrive as Super Bowl contenders after three successive 13-win campaigns under Matt LaFleur.

A role in one of the most anticipated international showcases in league history notably involves a first-person look at the Spurs’ NFL-made stadium, with Murphy eager to compare notes.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium because before they moved in and built their new stadium, about five or six Tottenham executives came to visit and had heard good things about Lambeau Field,” he said. he explained.

“They were particularly interested in some of the fan facilities we had around the stadium, the development we were starting around the stadium, had a great visit and I’m really looking forward to visiting.

“I can’t wait to see the kind of things they’ve added to the stadium that might be similar to Lambeau.”

Murphy adds that he has been “impressed” with the league’s global expansion in recent years and praised the NFL for its vision beyond the United States.

His message to British fans? Get ready for the traditional Packers tailgating…

Listen to more of Sky Sports’ interview with Mark Murphy on the latest episode of Inside the Huddle with Neil Reynolds and Jeff Reinebold.




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