National Football League moves Rams-Chiefs showdown from Mexico City due to field conditions

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that players from both teams were "strongly considering" not playing in this game if the National Football League didn't move the game from Estadio Azteca and Mexico City.

According to Yahoo Sports, which cited unidentified sources from each team, a Shakira concert at the venue October 11 "left the grass surface in significant disrepair".

And, of course, though it all, don't forget to thank the folks who run Estadio Azteca, the giant Mexico City stadium whose field became a mess with recent concerts and sports events.

The NFL has a procedure in place that states all teams that forgo a home game to play internationally are required to keep their home stadium available as a contingency.

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. The league listened and the decision to move it came down on Tuesday.

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The field in Mexico City is reportedly in awful shape and the league is anxious about the playing surface.

The previous highest over/under total in ESPN's National Football League database was 62 in a November 2009 game between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers.

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

It's been an extremely hard week in the Los Angeles area, with first the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks that left 12 people dead and then massive wildfires that have left two people dead and have destroyed tons of homes and have been burning since last week.

The Rams left for Colorado Springs on Monday to train at high altitude for a week before traveling to Mexico City, where the elevation is about 7,300 feet.

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