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The Rams Fan's Guide to London

Posted Oct 22, 2012

Almost the moment the Rams stepped off the field from Sunday’s game against Green Bay, the attention almost immediately shifted to what will be a busy and challenging week.

The Rams depart for London tonight at around 6:30 and in heading across the pond, there are a whole lot of activities, on the field and off, awaiting them.

“We have a long flight ahead of us, so we have to make sure we get our rest,” running back Steven Jackson said.

Here’s a rundown of what the Rams’ week in London will be like, opportunities for fans there to see them and their traveling alumni and a general rundown of the week’s activities.

THE FOOTBALL STUFF

The task of traveling overseas presents a number of challenges for anyone, especially football teams that have to play a game in a week.

In some sense, the travel to London has the Rams and Patriots playing in a “short week” because of the acceleration of time traveling to Europe. While the Rams leave Monday night, they lose six hours of time in the process on top of an eight-hour flight means they’ll arrive in London at around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Tuesday is the normal NFL off day for players but they’ll actually be at an event soon after arrival then find themselves adjusting to the time change before they ever set foot on a field.

While the players are at their event, the coaching staff will be busy game planning for New England, a process that already began in earnest soon after Sunday’s game ended.

On Wednesday, the week begins to take on a bit more of a normal look. The Rams will have normal meetings at their team hotel in the morning, including a walk through and then head to the Arsenal Soccer Club’s training facility, where they will hold a normal practice.

Thursday breaks down almost exactly the same for the team as they go through normal meetings and have a normal Thursday practice. The practice times for Wednesday and Thursday are nearly identical to what the Rams do in St. Louis as they attempt to keep a somewhat regular schedule as best they can.

On Friday, things change up again as the Rams will have an early practice at their team hotel before loading up and heading to a different hotel, closer to the city and closer to Wembley Stadium.

Saturday morning, the Rams get their first crack at an up close look at the game venue when they head to Wembley Stadium for a morning walk through. They then get the afternoon to explore a bit before an evening curfew.

On Sunday, of course, the Rams will operate as they would for any primetime game even though it’s not a primetime game on their body clocks or here in St. Louis. They will have their morning meetings and breakdown before heading to Wembley Stadium to take on the Patriots.

That game is scheduled for 5 p.m. London time. The team returns to St. Louis with an early morning Monday flight and arrives back in St. Louis late Monday afternoon before what figures to be a much needed bye week.

OFF THE FIELD

While the Rams are going about their business as close to usual as possible in terms of the football preparation, there is a seemingly never-ending amount of activities surrounding the game and the teams.

In addition to the team, the schedule also includes a chock-full lineup of activities with their cheerleaders as well as some very special guests.

The Rams will be represented by some of their most famous alumni all over town including Hall of Famers Jackie Slater and Marshall Faulk as well as beloved former Rams and potential future Hall of Fame wideouts Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt.

Here’s the rundown of the many activities going on in London that include either the Rams themselves or their alumni.

Tuesday, October 23

NFL Play 60 Community Event at Regents Park: 11 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

- The entire Rams team and traveling staff will turn out in full force to teach about 600 underprivileged London Youth the importance of staying active and physically fit with a series of drills and stations with Rams players at every one.
- Alumni Holt, Bruce and Slater will appear on behalf of the Rams and former Patriots running back Fred Taylor will be there for New England.

Niketown Media Day at Oxford Circus: 7-8:30 P.M.

- A meet and greet opportunity with Rams alumni Faulk, Holt and Slater, who will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.


Wednesday, October 24

Arsenal vs. Schalke 04 Soccer Match at Emirates Stadium: 7:45 P.M.

- The Rams will have the option of attending a soccer match pitting Arsenal against Schalke 04.


Thursday, October 25

London Gala Dinner at Lancaster House: 7-10:00 P.M.

- The Rams alumni will attend a dinner with London dignitaries.

NFL House at Landmark Hotel-Drawing Room: 10 A.M. – Noon

- Faulk and Taylor will sign autographs and take pictures with fans.


Saturday, October 27

Commissioner Fan Forum at Landmark Hotel: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M.

- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will answer questions from fans and address a number of NFL-related issues.

Footlocker Autograph Signing at Oxford Circus: Noon-1:30 P.M.

- Bruce will appear to sign autographs and take pictures.

NFL Fan Rally at Trafalgar Square: 2-3:30 P.M.

- All alumni and a select group of current Rams and Patriots will appear for a rally in Trafalgar Square the day before the game.

US Ambassadors Dinner at Regents Park: 5:30-7 P.M.

- Slater will again represent the Rams at a dinner with the US Ambassadors abroad.

NFL House at Landmark Hotel-Drawing Room: 7-9 P.M.

- Bruce and Holt will again appear to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

London Bash Under the Bridge: 8-11 P.M.

- Faulk, Slater and Taylor will appear from 8-11 and Holt and Bruce from 9:30-11 in a party for the fans that will also include live music by the band Train.

Sunday, October 28

NFL Tailgate at Wembley Stadium: Noon-3 P.M.

- Fans can tailgate with the alumni before Sunday’s game.

Great Hall Tailgate at Wembley Stadium: 3-4 P.M.

- Fans can tailgate with the alumni before Sunday’s game.

Coin Toss at Wembley Stadium: 4:15 P.M.

- All alumni participate in the honorary coin toss before the kickoff to the game.

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