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5 Things to Know About Twickenham Stadium

The Vikings (5-2) will "visit" the Cleveland Browns (0-7) at Twickenham Stadium during Week 8 in England.

It will be the third NFL game hosted by Twickenham Stadium. The venue hosted the Giants and Rams last season and the Rams and Cardinals last week.

Here are five things to know about Twickenham Stadium:

View photos from the Vikings trip to London in 2013 when Minnesota defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 in the team's first-ever regular season game in London.

1. Home of England Rugby

The Rugby Football Union purchased the land for £5,500 in 1907, and the first rugby match was played in 1909, featuring the Harlequins and Richmond. The Harlequins won 14-10 on Oct. 9 in front of fewer than 2,000 spectators.

The stadium has since been expanded and includes the World Rugby Museum in the East Stand. The space, which opened as "The Museum of Rugby" in 1996 and was renamed in 2007 features more than 25,000 objects in permanent galleries and special exhibitions and hosts more than 25,000 visitors annually.

View photos through the years of the Vikings four exhibition games in Goteburg (Sweden), Berlin (Germany), Tokyo (Japan) and London (England).

2. "The Cabbage Patch" and other nicknames

Prior to the land being purchased by the Rugby Football Union under the guidance of William Williams in 1907, it was used to grow cabbages According to Twickenham-Museum, the choice of the site was "**so dubious**" that it was "immediately dubbed "Billy Williams' Cabbage Patch."

It is also referred to as The Cabbage Patch, Twickers, Headquarters and HQ.


3. Capacity of 82,000 for rugby

The capacity of Twickenham Stadium for rugby is listed at 82,000, making it the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world. It is the fourth-largest stadium in Europe and second-largest in England, behind nearby Wembley Stadium, which has hosted other International Series games.

The attendance for the Giants-Rams game was 74,121. This past Sunday, when the Rams defeated the Cardinals, the attendance was 73,736. The stadium has been able to hold more than 100,000 fans for mega-concerts.


4. Rugby World Cup matches in 1991, 1999 and 2015

Twickenham Stadium has thrice been a host venue for Rugby World Cup matches.

The venue hosted the Final in 1991 and 2015 and a Semifinal in 1999.


5. Near miss

Twickenham Stadium's first international match was Jan. 15, 1910 when England defeated Wales to snap a 12-year losing streak. The venue was "mothballed" during World War I as play was suspended in 1914.

Three decades later, during World War II, the venue was used as a depot for civil defense and designated to be a **decontamination center** in the event of a chemical attack on London.

According to the Twickenham Museum, the stadium was nearly hit by an enemy V1 bomb that struck the front garden of a house near the West Gate in July 1944. Sixteen were injured.

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