National Football League cancels Mexico City trip, moves Chiefs-Rams game to L.A

Ross Houston
November 14, 2018

The league announced the extraordinary decision today, six days before one of the most-anticipated regular-season games of the year.

The game will now be played at the Rams' home, Los Angeles Coliseum. The Rams and Chiefs are both 9-1 and sit atop their respective conferences. In fact, here are three reasons why the National Football League needs to just put an end to the madness by making what seems like an easy decision to move the game back to where it should have been in the first place, which is Los Angeles. The teams are aware of the situation, and the NFLPA is concerned and has been monitoring it closely.

"If Monday night's game is played in Mexico City, a number of Rams and Chiefs players are now strongly considering not playing in that game on that messy surface, per sources".

"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 arrangement".

Azteca officials changed the playing surface from natural grass to a hybrid in May, but the turf hasn't been ideal for several months. 'Until very recently, we had no major concerns.

Cruz Azul, the Liga MX soccer club that shares the stadium with Club America, played a tournament game on the field last Saturday in noticeably poor conditions.

The NFL confirmed Tuesday what many have been speculating since this weekend.

The teams stand for the national anthem prior to the NFL International Series match between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England.

Azteca also hosted a regular season game on October 2, 2005, when the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-14.

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