Chiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to L.A. due to field conditions
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) — The NFL has decided to move the upcoming Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams game from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions.
The NFL tweeted a statement Tuesday saying that the field didn’t meet standards for “playability and consistency.”
The league said details on ticket reimbursement will be announced in the days ahead.
The NFL said the Rams will announce ticket information as soon as possible.
NFL Executive Vice President of International Mark Waller said the league has worked extensively with the stadium, Estadio Azteca, for months to prepare and didn’t have any major concerns until recently.
“The combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium, have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game,” said Waller in a statement.
The move comes after ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Tuesday afternoon that several players with the Chiefs and Rams were worried about the messy surface and considered not playing in the game. Schefter quoted an unnamed player who said, “It’s not fair to risk our health.”
Multiple outlets reported that the NFL was looking into the condition of the field surface.
The arena in Mexico City hosted a concert Saturday that is being blamed for the problems.
Chiefs offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz seemed a little disappointed when he spoke to 41 Action News about the change.
“I was kinda looking forward to the game in Mexico,” Schwartz said. “It would have been a cool opportunity you don’t go to the city that often. It would have been fun to go there and play somewhere else but good on the league and the PA for kinda looking out for us and making sure we are playing on a good surface.”
However, Schwartz said he understood the need for the change.
“You don’t want anyone to get hurt,” Schwartz said. “It’s too easy to slip. It hurts a groin or hamstring or something like that. This game, in particular, has a lot of valuable players out there so it’ll be fun to go to LA.”
The teams were scheduled to face off Monday in Mexico City. The game will now be played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.