Report: NFL could move Rams-Chiefs game out of Mexico City
The NFL remains determined to hold next Monday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, despite questions concerning the compromised state of the stadium’s field.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that league sources have “significant concerns” about Estadio Azteca’s playing surface. Made from a blend of natural grass and synthetic turf, the field has been left in rough shape due to bad weather and numerous recent events, including several soccer games and concerts.
“We are working closely with the field manager at Azteca Stadium and others to ensure that we have an NFL-quality surface for our game, and we are looking forward to kicking off in Mexico City on Monday night,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy stated.
The NFLPA is said to be monitoring the situation closely, given how a subpar playing surface creates an increased potential for injury. That said, the NFL appears intent on playing Monday’s game as planned and scheduled, although the league does have the option of moving the location of the game to the Coliseum in Los Angeles.
A final decision is expected to be made soon, as NFL officials are expected to arrive at the stadium on Tuesday to inspect the field to determine whether or not the surface is playable, according to Schefter’s league sources.
Meanwhile, the Rams traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., to prepare for Mexico City’s high altitude. Even if the game gets moved, the Rams are expected to remain in Colorado for this week’s practices, per The Orange County Register.