Posted: 10:45 am Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Falcons DT Babineaux in London to promote game 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

BabineauxInLondonAtlanta defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux recently went to London to promote next season’s game against the Detroit Lions, which is set for Oct. 26.

The NFL will play three regular-season games over a span of six weeks in Wembley Stadium.

Babineaux, who re-signed with the Falcons this offseason, and Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan met with British NFL fans on the trip.

Here’s what Babineaux told SkySports.com during his visit:

“It’s my first time over to London and I love what I’ve seen,” Babineaux said. “I love the history and culture over here and the people have been very welcoming.

“I’m already looking forward to coming back over in October to display my talent along with my team-mates. We’re going to come out here, have a good time and put on a show for the UK.

“I’ve been getting an insight from John Sullivan about what to expect and he says the atmosphere is like playing in the Super Bowl. I’ve not played in a Super Bowl, so this is the next best thing.”

TICKET INFO: The Falcons recently announced travel packages are now available for fans interested in making the trip to London.

Falcons executive members and season ticket holders will receive a discount on these travel packages. Fans may choose from four packages through NFL On Location, the League’s official source for event experiences and hospitality.

Packages include tickets to the game, optional roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, VIP game day hospitality, access to Club Wembley, and transfers to and from the airport and the stadium on game day. In addition, NFL On Location Signature Services staff will be in London to provide onsite assistance to travelers.

Exclusive options to purchase single-game tickets for the game will be available to Executive Members beginning on April 9 at 10 a.m. and for Season Ticket Holders beginning on April 10 at 10 a.m.

Account holders will receive details via email regarding the discounted travel packages and single-game ticket purchase option. Click here to review all travel packages and pricing.

FALCONS REWIND

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–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

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–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

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–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

15 comments
AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Does Wembley Stadium sell hot dogs or just fish n' chips ?

Esquire
Esquire

I may have to cancel my home delivery.  My delivery team is throwing my paper in the grass as far as possible from the driveway.  For years that paper was right there in the middle of the driveway but now the wetter it is outside the farther from the driveway they throw it.  Guess I will have to take the WSJ.

Dman
Dman

We only get 7 home games this season because we are the home team in London. Next time we will be the visitor and we will get 8 home games in Atlanta and only 7 away games plus 1 in London.

I'm thinking about going and yes HotDawg, I will wear my jersey...

HotDawg
HotDawg

D-Led how do some of these nfl guys with criminal records get passports approved to travel out of country? Has any been denied....or does the nfl take care of it unlike the same privelege for other citizens with same backgrounds?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Don't lie....he has a free trip to london to party.

Esquire
Esquire

Babs, stay healthy and you'll be playing in THE Super Bowl next February!


WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

Dear Mr Blanks If U kepp the team hear 2 paly U wont nedd 2 cahrage PSL 2 the new stadum. 

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

LONDON AND THE FALCONS HOST THE LIONS AND NON DOMINAK SUE WELL MATT RYAN LLOYDS  OF LONDON YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE WITH YR OFFENSIVE LINE UNLESS YOU GET JAKE MATTHEWS , THE LOINS ARE VERY IMPROVED .

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

THEY WON.T LET THE SAINTS OVER THERE CRIMINALS ARE NOT ALLOWED SEEN THAT B4

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

The Falcons get only 7 home games because of the London deal.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

I think it's stupid the game in London counts as a home game for Atlanta.


Just hope to see Jadeveon Clowney wearing a Falcons uniform this season.

JSSN
JSSN

@AlwaysReady  

The food at New Wembley are legions better than in US Stadiums. The braut in a bun is found all over the Stadium.

JSSN
JSSN

@HotDawg  

Passports don't work that way. As long as you're a naturalized citizen you can obtain a passport.

Now, if you're talking about the entry Country (this time the UK); this is considered business travel of less than than 6 months which requires no visa. The same thing goes for UK residents coming to the US. Back in the 70s when the War on Drugs was really taking place, Musicians were routinely denied entry to Canada and Japan  because of their drug laws. Getting a work visa to the UK (or Canada) for more than 6 months is very hard to do if you have felonies in the US. Now if they get an expansion franchise in the UK, then there might start being some issues. But they generally work around it unless you're just really outrageous. Amy Winehouse and Courtney Love had visas. So you think any of the NFL players are going to denied? Hate Speech will get you denied faster.

Esquire
Esquire

@AlwaysReady  


No, they get 8 home games.....it's just that one of those is in London!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@JSSN @HotDawg 

I would be shocked if an NFL player was denied admittance to the UK.  The doors are open these days if you have sufficient money - there is a reason that the UK wants little part of sanctions on Russian oligarchs.