It’s been announced by the NFLUK team that there will yet again be an NFL Fan Rally or “NFL on Regent Street” event for the 2017 NFL London games.
Usually, it has been staged on the Saturday before the Jacksonville Jaguars game but this year that has changed. This year the event will be staged on Saturday, September 30th which is the day before the Miami Dolphins “home” game against the New Orleans Saints – I’ve already seen people bitching on Twitter that it’s because Sky Sports presenter Neil Reynolds is a Dolphins fan, hehe.
The event will be in progress from 12 noon until 6pm and will take over the famous Regent Street, London from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus. The only thing that gets shut down is the road so don’t worry, you’ll still be able to do your shopping if that’s what you’re planning.
The event has been running for a few years now and the format looks the same again this time. There will be cheerleaders, ex-NFL players, current NFL players from the teams playing in this game as well and coaches and music acts up on the stage during the course of the day. You’ll also be able to have a go in the NFL Lab which allows you to do NFL Scouting Combine-style workouts to see how you compare to the pros. There’s also the usual throwing and kicking alleys you can try to see if you’re a kicker or quarterback just waiting to be discovered. Of course, there’s the chance to buy merchandise at the event as well from NFL Shop.
From my experiences from going to a few of these NFL on Regent Street events, the queues can be as you’d expect…massive. I usually just have a walk up and down the street having a look at what’s going on and seeing what people are doing whilst also looking for any photo opportunities before I bugger off around London for some sightseeing and pub beer sampling.
Getting to the event couldn’t be easier as there are two main tube stations you can get to and be right where you need to be. You can either use the Piccadilly station which is on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines or Oxford Circus which is also on the Bakerloo line as well as the Central and Victoria lines.
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
Oxford Circus Tube Station
It might be an idea to get yourself the Fan Mobile Pass if you’re attending any of the events leading up to any of the games as it’s all part of the package the NFL and NFLUK are trying to put together for the NFL London series. I’ll be honest, I haven’t used mine that much as can be read about in my post about it, but if you’re planning to get a little more involved with the NFL on Regent Street then you could benefit from having your own QR code that the Fan Pass gives you.
If you’ve been to one or more of these events in the past then you know what they’re all about. If you haven’t and you’re in London for the weekend then I’d say they’re worth going to at some stage of your Saturday trek around the fantastic city of London. They’re free to attend and the atmosphere is great and usually gets me in the mood for the game the following day.