Players strongly considering not playing on Azteca Stadium field


The NFL moved the Rams' Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles on Tuesday due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium.

The Rams (9-1) will host the Chiefs (9-1) at the Coliseum instead, in a game that could be a rehearsal for the Super Bowl in 2019. There is no excuse for playing that game anywhere outside the United States.

"Colossal shame" was the headline of the sports newspaper Record. "The NFL has left, and its return is in jeopardy".

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The stadium, which also hosts games for Cruz Azul and Club America, has endured a heavy rainfall this season as well. The stadium played host to a large music concert on November 7 and a soccer match on Saturday. The league returned in 2016 and plans to play a game in Mexico every year, but that has to be in question now. The Mexican government said that last year*s game between the Raiders and the New England Patriots topped that number.

"Until very recently, we had no major concerns", NFL Executive Vice President of International Mark Waller said in a statement.

Sources told Schefter that some players are skeptical the playing surface can be repaired enough in the next six days, and that they want the game moved to Los Angeles and played this week.

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The Rams had been training in Colorado Springs, Colo. since Monday to prepare for Mexico City's 7,300-foot altitude, but they'll head back home now for the game in their stadium.

Local authorities have not said whether both events will continue. "We've waived our change fee, sports fans". "Everyone needs to assume their own responsibility in this". No paper tickets will be issued for the games. Monday's game would be the fourth regular-season National Football League contest played at Estadio Azteca.

The Estadio Azteca field was just too awful.

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, some players on both teams are "strongly considering" sitting out the game if it's played at Stadium Azteca.