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  1. It's an impressive stadium, but only because of it's sheer size and the history associated with it (even though its a rebuild). The upper tier seats are miles away from the action and the atmosphere often leaves a lot to be desired as the noise can get lost in the vastness. I go to every England international soccer match played there, maybe I'm just bored of it after 50+ visits!?
  2. I always prefer to walk the 25 minutes back to Seven Sisters tube station, but there are a couple of closer rail stations if you don't mind taking your chances with the queues. This link will tell you all you need to know about the Tottenham Hotspur stadium https://footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/premier-league/tottenham-hotspur-stadium.html
  3. I've been to NFL and soccer matches at both Wembley and Spurs and I can promise you that the Spurs stadium is a far better matchday experience. You are much closer to the action, which makes for a great atmosphere, and Wembley can be a drag to get into and out of. The only downside of the Spurs stadium is the smaller capacity.
  4. Although I have been to London hundreds of time and stayed there often, I live on the south coast (Sussex) which is around 90mins away by train. I'm sure there will be others reading this thread living closer who will be better placed to advise on accomodation in London, but there are so many options - it really depends on your budget and how you want to get around. You can save a lot of money by being prepared to travel in and out of the tourist areas each day, though. Public transport in London is excellent and relatively cheap if you tap in and out with a bank card (there is a daily price cap), so even if you take a cheaper accommodation option away from the centre you shouldn't be more than a short tube ride away from the sights. The Tottenham stadium is north of central London, but I wouldn't recommend staying in that area as it's not a very nice part of town. It's easily reached from central London though, there are a few closer stations but these get very busy and most people choose to walk the 30mins from Seven Sisters on matchdays. I'll obviously be checking this thread regularly, hopefully I'll get a ticket for the game (that won't be easy) so if you don't get any better answers than mine I'll do my best to help.
  5. Yep, I was at that one (vs York City I think). Right in the middle of our 'war years'. If you'd have told me then that almost 30 years on, after three different home grounds, Brighton would be pushing for a European place in front of sellout 32,000 crowds in a state of the art new stadium I would have questioned your sanity.
  6. To be fair, Palace are quite forgettable (although I would say that, as a Brighton fan 😁). If the Bills trip to London coincides with a home game for Brighton then I'll be only too happy to advise on ticketing/travel. Depending on where you start from in London, you can get to The Amex in around an hour and a quarter by train. Brighton is a good option if you fancy seeing somewhere a bit 'different', and match tickets aren't completely unobtainable in the same way as the top London clubs.
  7. I went to the game today and you're right. The problem is that these London matchups are basically exhibition games with no 'home' team - there were more people rooting for the Jets than the Falcons today, but they were both hugely outnumbered by neutrals desperate for any chance to see to a 'meaningful' game. Even if London were given a frachise it would take years to generate a home atmosphere as everyone here already has 'their' NFL team, which is one of the main reasons I don't think it will ever happen. It's still a great atmosphere in terms of people having a good time, just coming together to celebrate the sport, though. I've been to several of these UK games over the years (I live about 60 miles south of London), and it's really noticeable how much more knowledgable the crowd is these days - they used to cheer randomly for no apparent reason, but at least the majority seem to follow the game a bit better now. The other thing that has increased with time is the number of Bills jerseys on show, which is great to see. It used to just be a handful of 40-somethings like me, veterans of the first wave of NFL popularity in England in the 1990's, but there were plenty of youngsters wearing their number 17's today. The stadium is pretty awesome; probably the best in the country, and it has no problem generating an atmosphere for the two soccer games which I've been at there. Certainly beats Wembley as the best venue for NFL over here.
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