The Los Angeles Rams were considered the official home team for next Monday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs despite the fact it was being played in Mexico City. Concern about the field grew in recent days when aerial photos of the stadium showed serious damage to the grass, particularly on the end of the stadium recently used for a major concert. 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'.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, before the NFL's announcement, word had leaked that some players on both sides for the Rams and Chiefs were considering not playing due to the playing surface, which could needlessly lead to injury.
This game was billed as an global showcase for the 9-1 Rams and the 9-1 Chiefs, one of the latest meetings of two one-loss teams in recent National Football League history, in Week 11.
Significant discussions are underway about whether the game will be played in Mexico City, Los Angeles or postponed, according to sources, and a decision is expected this week.
Every time the NFL plays in worldwide stadiums, the league mandates that the home team keep its stadium available as a contingency.
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"It's not fair to risk our health", one prominent player told Schefter.
Cruz Azul and America are the local teams playing in Azteca.
The Rams left for Colorado Springs on Monday to train at high altitude for a week before traveling to Mexico City, where the elevation is about 7,300 feet.
It's been an extremely hard week in the Los Angeles area, with first the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks that left 12 people dead and then massive wildfires that have left two people dead and have destroyed tons of homes and have been burning since last week. It was billed as a "home" game for the Rams initially in Mexico City, but now it's truly on their home turf at the Coliseum, where they're 5-0 this season.
If Mexico loses future games in addition to this one, we're talking over $100 million-plus lost for their economy.