Jacksonville Jaguar owner Shad Khan has applied to buy London's Wembley Stadium.
Khan, who also owns Fulham Football Club, announced his bid to buy the stadium that hosted the 2007 American Football Match. The Jaguars have been playing a game at Wembley every season since 2013.
"I am very pleased to hear today that the board of the Football Association has received our offer to buy Wembley Stadium, our second home in London, from the FA," Shad said in a statement.
The Evening Standard reported that Khan had offered more than £ 500 million (about $ 700 million) to the stadium.
The Jaguars have a deal to play at Wembley Stadium until 2020. The NFL also recently helped invest in a new stadium for Tottenham's Spurs, which will host the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders this October.
Khan's attempt to buy the Wembley Stadium will come with another round of speculation about the Jaguars, who may be moving to London. The owner categorically rejected this idea.
"Today's news does not change what we believe is the long-term promise for the Jaguars here in Jax, and it does not change the goals we have for downtown," Khan said. "If anything, today's news is the embodiment of the ethos we adopted a few years ago to be proud, courageous and committed."
Khan noted that the purchase of Wembley Stadium "would protect Jaguar's position in London at a time when other NFL teams are understandably more interested in this great city."
He added, "And the stronger the Jaguars are in London, the more stable and promising the future of the Jaguars will be in Jacksonville."
NFL Executive VP for Events and International Mark Waller: "We are very pleased for Shad Khan and the Jacksonville Jaguars and the potential purchase of Wembley Stadium is yet another strong sign of their commitment to the UK and their vision to help us grow help the sport. "
– Neil Reynolds (@ neilreynoldsnfl)
April 26, 2018
Waller continued, "The London stadium election has always been crucial to the NFL, and coupled with our 10-year partnership with Tottenham Hotspur, this new relationship would allow even more flexibility in planned NFL games in London. "
– Neil Reynolds (@neilreynoldsnfl)
April 26, 2018