The Bears are set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium in London Oct. 23 as part of the NFL International Series, announced the NFL.
The game will air live on FOX. Kickoff is scheduled for noon central time.
"I remember how enthusiastic the fans were in 1986 when we played in Wembley Stadium and defeated the Dallas Cowboys," Chicago Bears Chairman, Michael McCaskey said.
"To return to London to play an NFL game- this is going to be fun."
"Of course, the Chicago Bears are very pleased to have been named the 'Team of the Year' by U.K. fans following the 2010 season."
McCaskey said the Bears are looking forward to the game "and playing in person before our terrific fans in the U.K. and Europe."
"Playing abroad will be a unique experience for our players and we embrace the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for our game," added Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith. "It should be an excellent matchup with two teams coming off double-digit win seasons. We know Bears fans follow us from all over the world and we look forward to playing in front of many of them in London."
This is the first time the Bears are participating in the NFL international Series. Chicago has played six international games, but only one regular season contest in franchise history. October's game will mark the Bears first game outside North America since a 1997 exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Ireland, according to the NFL.
Contests overseas have also taken the Bears to Sweden in 1988 and Germany in 1991.
The matchup marks the second straight season the Bears will play an international game. Last season Chicago beat the Buffalo Bills 22-19 in Toronto, Canada.
The Bears-Buccaneers contest in 2011 is the fifth time the NFL has held the International Series in the United Kingdom. Last season, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos 24-16 in front of a sellout crowd at Wembley Stadium.
The Bears-Buccaneers matchup takes the place of the Bears road game in Tampa Bay.
Bears vs. Bucs in London Oct. 23
Bears set to play the Buccaneers in London Oct. 23
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