Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles Tuesday because of the bad condition in the field at Azteca…
Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles Tuesday because of the bad condition in the field at Azteca Stadium. “LOS ANGELES (AP) – NFL moved Rams & # 39; Monday Night Showdown with Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles Tuesday due to the bad condition in the field at the Azteca Stadium. 19659002] The league announced the extraordinary decision six days before one of the most anticipated regular annual games this year.
Ramsna (9-1) will host Chiefs (9-1) at the Colosseum instead. The much-awaited game is only the fifth meeting since 1970 between teams with one or fewer losses in week 11 or later.
The decision creates concerns about logistical issues for the team and for fans traveling to Mexico and it makes thousands of fans eager to see a matchup match in North America’s most populous city. But the league was consulted with the gambling community and local officials before deciding that it could not risk the health of players in a damaged area.
& # 39; & # 39; The combination of a hard rainy season and a major event calendar for events at Stadium has resulted in significant field damage that causes unnecessary risk to player safety and makes it inappropriate to host an NFL game, “said Mark Waller, vice president of NFL for international. “As a result, we decided to move the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now to allow our teams and fans to make alternative arrangements.”
Azteca officials changed the playing field from natural grass to a hybrid in May, but the grass has not been ideal for several months. Concerned about the field grew in recent days when aerial photography at the stadium showed serious damage to the grass, especially at the end of the stadium recently used for a major concert.
Cruz Azul, the League MX football club that shares the arena with Club America, played a tournament game on the field last Saturday under noticeable Bad conditions. Coach Pedro Caixinha expressed concern, and NFL continued to work with shooters to improve the field.
Ramsna must keep the Colosseum available as a backup for problems with international games. They immediately announced plans for ticket sales starting Wednesday, with season ticket holders may buy their own seats and up to four.
Ramsna will also give away thousands of seats to the first respondents and people affected by the latest tragedies in southern California. Deadly fires have ravaged several areas near Ram’s education complex in a thousand Oaks during the past week, and 12 people were killed in a mass shooting in a thousand Oaks last Wednesday night.
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Ramsna played in England in each of the previous two seasons. Both Rams and Chiefs were due to play in Mexico for the first time next week.
Ramsna traveled to Colorado Springs on Monday and was planning to spend his week’s high-level training to prepare for Mexico City’s conditions. The team currently plans to stay in Colorado Springs before flying home this weekend.
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