17 Oct 2012 02:13 PM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers to play in the UK next season. (Image Source: FrankHyatt.com)
Vikings to Host Steelers in the UK in 2013
The NFL has announced a second game to be played in the United Kingdom next season, as the Minnesota Vikings will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 29, 2013 [1:00 p.m. ET] in Wembley Stadium.
“Since we started playing regular-season games in London five years ago, we have heard very clearly from our UK fans – they want more football,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who announced the final schedule of UK games for 2013 at the NFL Fall Meeting in Chicago. “We are excited to play two games in London and take this next step in the growth of our game. We believe that more football will lead to more fans.”
This will mark the Vikings first trip across the pond since 1983, when Minnesota played a preseason game in Wembley.
“This is a unique opportunity for the Vikings organization to highlight our brand on an international level,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “Playing in London provides exceptional exposure to the team, as well as Minnesota’s impressive business community and tourism industry. We are honored to represent the NFL on a global level, and we look forward to playing in front of our international fan base.”
The Steelers, one of the league’s flagship franchises, will be making their first trip to merry ole England.
“We are thrilled that our players and Steelers fans around the world will be able to enjoy the atmosphere at historic Wembley Stadium,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II.
The league previous announced that the Jacksonville Jaguars would host the San Francisco 49ers on October 27 of next year, making 2013 the first year that the NFL will play two regular season games in the UK. In 11 days, the St. Louis Rams will host the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 28 in this year’s edition of the International Series.
Beyoncé to Perform Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show
Grammy-Award winning music artist Beyoncé will perform at halftime in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 3, 2013. The event will be sponsored by Pepsi and televised on CBS.
The 2012 Super Bowl halftime show, which is broadcast worldwide, was seen by more than 112.5 million viewers in the United States alone.
Previous halftime performers at the Super Bowl include Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2.
The “Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show” will be directed by Hamish Hamilton, with Ricky Kirshner serving as the executive producer, as part of the NFL Network Production.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of American. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.