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See the NFL International Series in London this Autumn

NFL

The NFL will play its biggest ever series of fixtures in London this year, with two games taking place at Twickenham and two at Wembley. The games have already sold out the 75,000 and 85,000 capacity stadiums, so our VIP packages represent your best chance of joining the action.

The series will see three teams, the Ravens, Browns and Cardinals, make their London debuts. The Jaguars, meanwhile, have ‘hosted’ a home game at Wembley every year since 2013, with plans in place for that to continue until at least 2020.

With some of the world’s most explosive athletic talent on show, a live NFL game is an experience no true sports fan should miss.

Fixtures

2:30pm, 24th September, Wembley Stadium: Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

2:30pm, 1st October, Wembley Stadium: New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins

6pm, 22nd October, Twickenham Stadium: Arizona Cardinals vs. LA Rams

1:30pm, 29th October, Twickenham Stadium: Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns

Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints

Age: 27

Height: 6ft 4’

Weight: 20 stone 7 lbs

Son of a former NFL player, the incredibly athletic Jordan was a star discus thrower before throwing in his lot with American Football. It’s no wonder that quarterbacks suffer from nerves when the 287lb tackling machine is heading their way, as he invariably does, so sit back and enjoy the show from the safety of the stands.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Age: 32

Height: 6ft 6’

Weight:  17 stone 7 lbs

The man with a canon for a right arm has fully recovered from the knee injury that hampered him for much of last season and will be hoping to further improve his superb post-season record this time around. With his six-year, $120.6 million contract representing the highest average salary in the NFL, his bosses will be equally keen for success.

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

Age: 25

Height: 6ft 1’

Weight:  20 stone 5 lbs

Described as “a one-man wrecking ball” by several opposition head coaches, Donald is tipped to become the league’s highest-paid defensive player within a year. The opposing quarterback will always expect a tough day at the office when Donald is on the field, so keep an eye on him when the Rams are defending.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Age: 38

Height: 6ft

Weight: 14 stone 13 lbs

Arguably the best passing quarterback in the history of the NFL, Brees is still worth $31M per year at the age of 38. The former Super Bowl winner is possibly in his last season, but lucrative future offers as a free agent may see him extend his already stellar career.

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Legends Lined-Up for Summer ‘17

Summer

Engage are offering hospitality packages at some truly unmissable music events this summer, with some of the biggest acts of all time, including U2, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John, playing at iconic venues in and around London.

For those of you who won’t be able to attend every show and need to compile a shortlist, we’ve compiled a brief guide to this summer’s hottest music events.

3rd June, The Stoop: Elton John, Wonderful Crazy Night Tour

Elton John

With around 300,000,000 records sold, Elton John is firmly in the top-five biggest-selling artists of all time and needs little by way of introduction. What might be surprising to some is that not only is he still making music, but his last album, after which the tour is named, was deemed by critics to be one of his best, “recreating the rootsy Americana of his youth”.

The Engage clients watching Elton from a private box at The Stoop (15,000 capacity stadium-bowl home to Harlequins Rugby Club) will get to hear his acclaimed new material along with many of his classic tracks.

10th June, Wembley: Capital Summertime Ball 2017

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Capital FM’s Summertime Ball is a one-day music festival, with an incredible atmosphere created by superstar performers and a world-class venue filled with a huge crowd, but without the mud.

Last year’s line-up included acts such as Will.i.am, Flo Rida and Tine Tempah, so keep your eyes on our website for news on this year’s acts as they’re announced.

16th & 17th June, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Guns N’ Roses, Not In This Lifetime Tour

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With their legends firmly sealed as inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gun N’ Roses continue to be one of the all-time great live bands.

Such was their commitment to the rock ’n’ roll way of life in the 80’s and early 90’s, you’d have got long odds on Axl Rose and Slash being around for a reunion tour in 2017, but, thankfully, they survived and remain one of the hottest acts in the world.

Engage are offering VIP packages, complete with food, drinks and access to the Royal East lounge, from where you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy the mayhem as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park rocks out to classics like Paradise City, Sweet Child o’ Mine and Welcome to the Jungle.

7th, 8th & 9th July, Finsbury Park: Wireless Festival

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Chance the Rapper, Skepta and The Weekend respectively will headline the three days of the eclectic Wireless Festival, which last year saw a guest appearance from Pharrell Williams. With three stages featuring a mix of mainstream and underground artists, the festival is fast becoming one the UK’s most popular, especially amongst those with their fingers on music’s pulse.

With complimentary food and drinks, a chill out zone, luxury restrooms and access to the VIP village, Engage will make sure you enjoy all the best experiences of the British festival scene, with none of the down sides.

9th July, Twickenham: U2, The Joshua Tree Tour

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In one of the world’s great stadiums, you’ll get to sing along to one of rock’s greatest ever albums, including moody, cinematic, iconic tracks like ”Where the Streets Have No Name,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “With or Without You.”

When U2 announced they’d be touring their career-defining album to celebrate 30 years since its release, their fans did not wait to hear anything more. 1.1 million tickets were sold within 24hrs, so the pre-show party, complimentary bar, gourmet food and other benefits of our VIP package will take second billing to the one headline fact: we can get you into the stadium!

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Summer 2017 Promising Vintage Entertainment

Summer

There are few pleasures in life quite like a lazy summer’s afternoon spent watching sport with a glass of something cold in one’s hand. With that most agreeable of seasons almost upon us, we’ve picked some historic, quintessentially English sporting events that not only provide the most luxurious surroundings but some serious, world-class competition.

Royal Ascot: 20th June – 24th June

Royal Ascot

Not to be confused with several other meets held annually at the course, Royal Ascot is the 5-day, mid-June event, widely considered as the jewel of the British racing calendar.

Do not make the mistake of thinking it’s as much about hats as horses; each day sees the cream of flat-racing talent fight it out for some of the biggest prizes in the sport.

Dating back to 1711, Royal Ascot has all the traditions, pomp and circumstance you would expect of a royal racing event. With unrivalled hospitality facilities in which to mingle with the good and great of the British racing scene, the meet offers a truly unique sporting and social experience for you and your friends or clients.

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lords:
6th July – 10th July

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England’s limited-overs stars might enjoy the limelight for the first half of the summer, but July 6th will see the start of the business end of the season as the test match heavyweights fight their first battle of the series at Lord’s.

South Africa and England, the third and fourth ranked test sides, respectively, each boast proven world-class performers in both the batting and bowling departments. Whichever side prevails in what will doubtless be a thrillingly close contest will be well positioned to challenge India and Australia at the of the top test tree.

There is no better place to set the scene for the series than the home of cricket, so don’t miss your opportunity to join us at Lord’s.

July 6th – 10th: 1st Investec Test, Lord’s

July 14th – 18th: 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

July 27th – 31st: 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Aug 4th – 8th: 4th Investec Test, Emirates Old Trafford

Henley Royal Regatta: 28th June – 2nd July

Henley Royal Regatta

Established in 1839, ‘The Royal’, as it’s often referred to by those in the know, is arguably the most prestigious rowing event in the world.

The location and rich history combine with an incredibly knowledgeable and passionate set of fans to create an atmosphere that many successful Olympic rowers have described as the best they ever experienced.

Held over a 2,310-yard course on the Thames, Henley attracts the very best school, university and club crews, who compete head-to-head in a knockout format.

Much like The Boat Race, crews get far more ‘up close and personal’ than in laned events, guaranteeing some real drama. Crews are assigned to row on either the ‘Bucks’ (Buckinghamshire) or ‘Berks’ (Berkshire) side of the course, but, beyond that, they can pick their own line.

Crews row in Eights, Fours or Pairs, with categories for Sculls (where rowers use pairs of oars instead of one each), Coxed and Coxless events. Racing runs from 8.30am to 7.30pm each day, with up to 90 heats per day, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to toast winning boats.

Wimbledon, The Championships 2017:
Monday 3rd July – Sunday 16th July

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Men’s tennis in particular is enjoying a long-lasting purple patch and there seems little sign of it ending. With a home-grown current world no. 1 as the defending champion and three of the greatest ever players all in contention, Wimbledon 2017 is shaping up to be an all-time classic.

Andy Murray will be defending his position as world number one as well as the title he won last year for a second time. Novak Djokovic could seal his fourth Wimbledon win and thirteenth Grand Slam title and the in-form Stan Wawrinka could complete a career Grand Slam, having won each of the other three big tournaments once.

The tournament line-up will be completed by the resurgent Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, winners of eighteen and fourteen Grand Slam singles titles each, including seven and two Wimbledon crowns.

With new courts and upgraded, first-class hospitality facilities, Wimbledon 2017 is the definition of unmissable.

Engage have a selection of fantastic packages for all the above events.  Click here to read more or get in touch to see how we can help you to experience better.

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Chelsea Stutter Sees Rivals Sharpening Their Knives

Chelsea

The last few weeks of the Premier League season look set for a thrilling battle, with just eleven points separating the top four teams with nine games remaining. 

Chelsea may still be the bookies’ favourites to win title, but their odds lengthened over the weekend as a wobble at home against Crystal Palace allowed Tottenham to close the gap to just to seven points.

Liverpool also moved three points closer to the long-time leaders, while Manchester City’s draw at Arsenal improved their balance by a point. One thing is for sure: if Chelsea were sitting comfortably on their ten point lead, they will be finding seven points decidedly less relaxing.

This Wednesday will see Manchester City visit Stamford Bridge for a game that will provide Antonio Conte’s side with an almost immediate opportunity to show their fans that Saturday’s loss was no more than a blip. As well as giving Chelsea a huge fillip, a home win would seriously dent Manchester City’s hopes, but another Chelsea loss would blow the title race wide open.

With so many ‘must win’ games remaining for the top teams, it’s impossible to see how the final weeks might play out.  A Chelsea procession, however, is looking less and less likely.

Liverpool could prove to be the dark horses, as they will avoid all the top teams in the remaining weeks, while, aside from Wednesday’s match, Manchester City’s only top-of-the-table clash will be their home derby against Manchester United. Tottenham, currently best placed amongst Chelsea’s rivals, have Arsenal and Manchester United yet to deal with.

Should Chelsea manage to maintain their current gap, then a home win against Middlesbrough on Monday 8th May will see them home. However, with a tough away game at Everton and both Manchester City and Manchester United due to visit Stamford Bridge before that fixture, it’s anyone’s guess as to what the league will look like at that point.

Chelsea may take some solace in the fact they are due to play at home against bottom-ranked Sunderland in the season finale, but they will be desperate to ensure they don’t leave it that late.

Having to win on the final day would come about only as a result of some very patchy late-season form, meaning their confidence would be low and their nerves frayed. With momentum firmly behind their rivals, a final-day shoot-out is not a lottery for which Chelsea want to buy a ticket.

If you would like to watch any of Chelsea’s unmissable remaining home fixtures from (the edge) of a seat in our first-class hospitality boxes, please click here to read more.

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Engage’s Guide to the 2017 6 Nations Grand Finale

6 nations

Heading in to last weekend, five of the six nations had a chance of winning the tournament.  Ireland’s battling loss in Cardiff, however, meant that England could seal the title with a home win against Scotland, which they duly achieved with a truly dominant performance.  So, is there still anything left to play for?  You bet there is.

Scotland, France, Ireland and Wales have all lost two games from four and will be desperate to avoid a losing season by claiming a win on the final weekend.  England, on the other hand, have a second consecutive Grand Slam to play for, along with the prospect of a world record for back-to-back test victories.

All three games will take place this Saturday (18th March), so let’s look a little closer at the match ups…

Scotland vs. Italy (12:30)

Scotland’s bad luck with injuries continued at the weekend with another raft of concussions and orthopaedic woes.  They will though take solace in the fixture list, as, if they could have chosen the fixture with which to close what started as a very promising campaign, it would be at home against the winless Azzurri.

Despite the long odds currently being offered, the Italians will be no walkover for a patched-up Scottish side.  They have competed for long periods in all their matches, with the exception of their drubbing by the Irish, and some early successes against the Scots could set up a thrilling second half.

France vs. Wales (15:45)

Wales’ defence was brutal against Ireland in Cardiff, with their forwards gang-tackling anything and everything that came their way, so you can expect their collisions with the enormous French pack to be wince-inducing at the very least.

France have at times looked like regaining their place among the very best test sides during this Championship, without ever catching fire and playing like the France of old.  Wales also have been struggling to get over the try line of late, meaning we are likely to see a tense war of attrition, with France’s home advantage possibly being negated by the momentum Wales will have gained from their epic win against the men in green.

Ireland vs. England (17:00)

A week ago, the smart money was backing a final weekend showdown between an Irish team fresh from a win in Cardiff and an England team who, had they read the script, would have arrived after another less than convincing win against Scotland.  As it is, Ireland can do little more than spoil England’s party.

That having been said, you can not underestimate how fired-up Ireland will be.  There is plenty of history behind this fixture and England playing in Dublin will always make for an emotional contest.  Add in the fact that the Irish lads will not like the idea of England celebrating a world record 19th consecutive win their stadium, even less a Grand Slam, and we needn’t worry about anyone just going through the motions.

England, though, are as well placed to win a huge away fixture as they have been since their 2003 Grand Slam decider in Dublin.  In the last year, Eddie Jones has taken them to a Grand Slam win in Paris, three test wins in Australia and a crucial win in Cardiff, so they won’t be unduly worried by foreign turf or partisan crowds.  They also look to be coming into form at exactly the right time and it’s hard to see them playing like they did against Scotland and losing.

The Irish will insist England will not get a chance to play that and who could argue with them?  It’s a very hard game to call, but one thing is for definite: it’s going to be an incredible test match that no rugby fan can afford to miss.