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Chiefs To Skip 2015 Home Game To Play In London

Jeremy Bernfeld
KCUR 89.3 file photo

The Chiefs’ home away from home next season? London.

The team will “host” the Detroit Lions at London’s Wembley Stadium on Nov. 1, 2015, the NFL announced Thursday. Designated the home team, the Chiefs will play one fewer game at their true home, Arrowhead Stadium, next year.

Each NFL team usually plays eight regular season home games each season. Next year, the Chiefs will host seven regular season games and likely host two preseason contests.

“It is an honor for Kansas City to represent the NFL on an international stage,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said in a release.

The neutral European field is likely good news for the Lions. Arrowhead is routinely cited as one of the most difficult places in which opposing teams play, thanks to loud, boisterous fans.

Part of its quest to expand the league’s footprint, the NFL began started its regular season expansion to London with one game in 2007. In 2015, NFL teams will play three regular season games there. Next season’s matchups: Chiefs-Lions, Dolphins-Jets and Jaguars-Bills.

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