Giants-Dolphins hot ticket in U.K.


WASHINGTON -- The National Football League is facing an overwhelming demand for tickets from British fans for its first regular season game outside North America at London's Wembley stadium, officials said Wednesday.

In the three days following the NFL's announcement of the New York Giants-Miami Dolphins' Oct. 28 game at Wembley, 160,000 fans requested over half a million tickets, league officials said.

With Wembley's seating capacity expected to be around 90,000, the NFL is now looking at how they can cope with the unexpectedly high demand for tickets.

"Nearly all these requests have come from UK-based fans ... we anticipate a very quick sell-out when tickets go on sale in early March," Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFL UK, said in a statement.

NFL officials said they expected about 10,000 fans from the United States to make the trip to London for the game.