By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the big matchup between the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs and the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams may not be played in Mexico City on Monday, November 19th. Field conditions are the biggest concern.
This would have been the third annual Mexico game.
Schefter is reporting that there are discussions about the game. He says that the game could be either played in Mexico City, Los Angeles, or be postponed altogether.
However, he is reporting that the league is determined to play the game in Mexico City. Yet, he called the field “a mess” and “it might not be safe for players. It’s a significant concern.”
According to multiple media reports, the field was messed up following a concert just nine days prior to the NFL game. Estadio Azteca — the stadium for the game — had switched to a hybrid turf with synthetic and natural grass this year.
However, the turf has not been able to hold up with the events at the venue with concerts and soccer games. Also, beginning on Monday, the stadium was also expected to be effected by rain for the next three days.
According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, the NFL sent a team to the stadium on Monday and will send another team on Tuesday to attempt to perform “surgery” to the field before the game.
The Rams will begin their preparations for the game on Tuesday for the Mexico City game in Colorado Springs. The reason is Mexico City is 1.3 miles above sea level. The Chiefs are going to stay in Kansas City before flying into Mexico City on Sunday.
“The elevation’s the elevation,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said to King. “I’m sure the Rams are gonna work at elevation. We’re not. I don’t think it becomes an issue. We did our homework on that this past offseason. It doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the parking lot of the CVS.”
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