According to National Football League rules, the home team in an worldwide game - in this case, Los Angeles - must keep its home stadium available in the event the contest has to be moved. As part of the worldwide series, the Rams were selected to play in Mexico City this year instead of London like previous seasons, but it looks like things are up in the air at the moment with the game scheduled to take place in less than a week.
The NFL announced today that it will move the Monday, November 19, Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game originally scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Aside from being overused for soccer matches, Azteca has hosted a number of concerts recently, including a few from singer Shakira, which damaged the surface, according to the Associated Press. Some players even threatened to not play out of concerns for their safety and the risk of injury on an unkempt field.
"It's not fair to risk our health", a prominent player told Schefter on Tuesday.
In a news release, the league said it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City's historic stadium "does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday".
"The field is not in the best condition and that concerns me for the next tournament, ' said Cruz Azul's coach, Pedro Caixinha".
In a tweet, the Rams said they would provide details soon regarding ticketing information for Monday's game. On top of that, the Rams and Chiefs rank second and third, respectively, in yards per game trailing only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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.
Both the Rams and the Chiefs were due to play in Mexico for the first time next week.
If Mexico loses future games in addition to this one, we're talking over $100 million-plus lost for their economy.