Report: NFL Considering More Games in Mexico City After Moving Rams vs. Chiefs

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2018

Mexico's Azteca Stadium is seen from above in Mexico City, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. The NFL has moved the Los Angeles Rams' Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
Christian Palma/Associated Press

The NFL has not ruled out additional games in Mexico City despite changing the location of Monday's scheduled matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported NFL officials returned to Mexico City to discuss future games after the league ruled Estadio Azteca was unplayable due to the condition of the grass.

Players had considered boycotting the game over concerns about their safety. The game will be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The NFL requires teams keep their home stadium open when they are scheduled to play on a neutral site as a precaution.

"We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months in preparation for this game," Mark Waller, NFL executive vice president of international, said in a statement. "Until very recently, we had no major concerns. But, the combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game.

"As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements."

Mexico City has hosted NFL games each of the previous two seasons without incident.


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