NFL has decided to move Monday's match between Chiefs and Rams from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to poor…
NFL has decided to move Monday’s match between Chiefs and Rams from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions in Estadio Azteca, announced on Tuesday.
The players were strongly considered not to play if NFL had chosen to play the game in Mexico City, telling sources of ESPN’s Adam Schefter earlier Tuesday. The problem is that football games and concerts have left the field within Estadio Azteca a mess.
“It’s not fair to risk our health” told a prominent player Schefter on Tuesday.
Rams Safety John Johnson saw current field conditions in Mexico City on social media and tweeted his reaction.
It’s OUT🙅🏾♂️ https://t.co/31
– John Johnson III (@iamjohnthird) November 13, 2018  The highly anticipated match of 9-1 teams comes now playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Monday Night Football. Ticket information and other details will be forthcoming, while the Mexico City Refund Policy will be announced in the next few days.
NFL has a procedure indicating that all teams leaving a home game to play internationally are required to keep their home stadium available as an event.
In a statement, the league said that NFLPA – as well as club field experts and local and independent external experts – decided to move the game because the field at Estadio Azteca did not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency.
“We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months to prepare this game,” said Mark Waller, vice president of NFL internationally, in a statement. “Until very recently we had no big worries. But the combination of a hard rainy season and a major event event calendar at the stadium has resulted in significant field damage that causes unnecessary risk to player safety and makes it inappropriate to host an NFL game.
“As a result, we have decided to move the game is the right decision and one we needed to announce now to allow our teams and fans to make alternative arrangements.”
Crews are seen on the installation day in Estadio Azteca on Tuesday, but NFL, after an inspection of the field Tuesday afternoon, said that the game surface would not meet the NFL standards by Monday.
The Rams left for Colorado Feathers on Monday to train ih eye height for one week before traveling to Mexico City, where the height is approximately 7 300 meters. The team returns to Los Angeles on Saturday.
According to Jeff Sherman from SuperBook on Westgate Las Vegas, the frames would go from 2.5-point favorites to -3.5 or -4. Sherman also said that all efforts made for the game played in Mexico City would be refunded, as SuperBook states play must be played in the “selected city / geographic area with 8 days scheduled date”.
ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, Alden Gonzalez, Ben Fawkes and Darren Rovell contributed to this report.