Troops can get tickets to NFL game in London
April 2, 2008
RAF MILDENHALL, England — NFL fans stationed across Europe can still reserve a seat to next season’s matchup between the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers at London’s Wembley Stadium.
For the past week, the Information, Tickets and Travel Office at RAF Lakenheath has been selling ticket packages to the Oct. 26 game for 130 pounds ($258), which includes a padded end zone seat and transportation to the stadium.
As of MOnday afternoon, the office had 50 tickets remaining of the 200 they first purchased from the NFL. Lakenheath ITT manager Virginia Lamboll said 100 more tickets are still coming.
“They are selling extremely fast,” she said Monday afternoon.
Lamboll said that the tickets are not restircted to U.K.-based troops. ITT sites in Germany and Italy are also selling tickets, and U.S. military personnel in Europe can call her office directly. The free transportation is provided once ticket-holders get to Lakenheath.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for military personnel,” she said.
There’s no limit on how many tickets one person can purchase.
Seats to the upcoming game have been hard to come by to those outside the U.S. military. In February, the NFL’s UK Web site collected a multitude of ticket requests that when added up could sell out the 90,000-capacity Wembley “6 to 7 times over,” said NFL UK spokeswoman Helen Thomas.
However, only a portion of those fans will be picked to buy tickets as part of a lottery in May, Thomas said on Monday.
The expected sold-out game will be the second regular season NFL game to be played outside North America. Last year, the eventual Super Bowl winning New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, at Wembley.
Lamboll said it was a struggle to get tickets to that game and her office had to put 300 to 400 people on a waiting list.
Those interested in tickets can contact RAF Lakenheath’s ITT office at DSN: 226-2979 or +44 (0) 1638 52 2979.