Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Buys Wembley Stadium

Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Buys Wembley Stadium

Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Buys Wembley Stadium

"For the Jaguars, it would deliver another - and very significant - asset and local revenue source that would further strengthen our investment in London", Khan who is also the owner of English second tier soccer team Fulham, said.

Under the plan, the FA would keep Wembley as the main venue for major matches, including England internationals and the FA Cup Final.

It is understood the FA would still consider Wembley as the "home" of the national team and it is too early to say when England will or will not be able to play there, with NFL pre-season beginning in August and regular season games starting in September.

An FA spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that The FA has received an offer to buy Wembley Stadium".

The NFL have confirmed that deal will remain unaffected by Khan's potential purchase, as will Craven Cottage's status as the home of Championship side Fulham and their plans to develop the ground's Riverside Stand and training centre at Motspur Park.

Mr Khan bought the Jaguars in 2011 and was among those who pushed for more National Football League games to be played in London.

"We would strive to be the best possible steward for a venue that is iconic", said Khan.

He would also allow the FA to keep the Club Wembley debenture and hospitality business that is valued at a further 300 million pounds.

"We are very happy for Shad Khan and the Jacksonville Jaguars", NFL executive vice president of events and worldwide Mark Waller said in a statement.

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A Sport England spokesperson said: "Sport England invested £120m of National Lottery money into the development of Wembley Stadium".

The potential sale of Wembley Stadium to the owner of Fulham FC and the Jacksonville Jaguars would be a landmark deal in United Kingdom sport.

The new Wembley Stadium opened in 2007 and has an official capacity of 90,000.

Schwab, writer for Yahoo's "Shutdown Corner" NFL blog, said: 'The NFL has always been interested in expanding its presence to London, and the Jaguars have been the team most often rumored to be the team most likely to go to London.

In his message via the Fulham website, Khan stated his understanding of the importance of Wembley to English soccer and that his bid to buy the stadium would not reduce his involvement with the West London club.

The proposed deal will be discussed at a FA board meeting on Thursday to see if any potential sale is granted.

Wembley stadium now is the home of Tottenham and there are concerns the new deal would affect them, but National Football League said the potential purchase would not affect the deal they have in place with the Spurs to stage National Football League games at their new ground. Wembley is a special place, beloved in London and known throughout the world.

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