It’s sort of what the NFL is looking to accomplish this fall with the 2014 London Series, and Wake already has begun working to do his part to make that happen.
Wake was in England on Wednesday taking part in the London Series Media Day, designed to promote the three regular season games that will take place at Wembley Stadium this fall.
The first of those three games will match the Dolphins against the Oakland Raiders.
“So far it’s been amazing,” Wake said of his trip. “Finally get to come over here and get a little appetizer for the main course when we actually come over here during the regular season. Just kind of seeing the lay of the land. We got to go over to the stadium. Got a lot of good fans over here, too, so it’s been pretty good so far.”
After the Dolphins face the Raiders on Sept. 28, Atlanta will face Detroit on Oct. 26, and Jacksonville will face Dallas on Nov. 9.
Wake has been looking forward to the London game since the NFL schedule was announced in April.
“When the NFL schedule comes out, I always have an eye on prime-time games and international games and when I read we were playing in London I circled the date,” Wake said. “You’re on an international stage and playing in front of a new group of fans. We have a chance to grow Dolphin Nation and the NFL brand.”
This will mark the second time the Dolphins have played a regular season game in England. They made NFL history in 2007 when they faced the New York Giants in the very first game in England that counted in the standings.
“I spoke with a few players that played in 2007 and they really enjoyed the experience,” Wake said. “The fans were great and they even had a chance to sightsee. They couldn’t believe how many Dolphins fans were at the game and I hope that this year’s game is the same. Let’s paint London aqua and orange!”
The current trip to England actually marks the second time since the end of last season Wake has been to Europe. Before the Dolphins embarked on the offseason program, he visited Paris.
Wake was planning on making this trip more than just helping promote the game. He said he might extend his visit for a few days, and part of his itinerary was visiting Manchester, home of soccer powerhouse Manchester United.
“Over the past few months, with the World Cup, (I got) a little taste of what that world is like and seeing the passion from the fans and how much support they have for their teams and their individual that they enjoy so much,” Wake said. “I’m the kind of guy whole likes to have a broad spectrum of experiences and being able to kind of take from each culture. Being able to go up there and kind of seeing what that world is like, soccer world — their football world — is like, I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
In addition to doing interviews, Wake also participated in a Facebook event Wednesday and took part in a fan forum.
It was a busy, yet fulfilling, day for Wake.
“So far (the fan reaction) has been really good,” Wake said. “It’s probably like us Americans have been over the past few months with the World Cup and the soccer. (It’s) not necessarily something that I normally watch, but now I kind of got more of an appreciation for what they do in that sport and now I can call myself a fan and (there’s) probably a couple of players and teams that I’ll probably keep up with. Hopefully it’s kind of the same thing where maybe it’s not something that they typically do or watch, but getting kind of introduced to it and getting a little taste of it, they’ll want more.”