Rams, Chiefs players not willing to play on field in Mexico


NFL Set On Mexico City Game Despite Poor Field Conditions

Monday night's Rams-Chiefs matchup, which was slated to take place in Mexico City, is being moved to Los Angeles, ESPN first reported Tuesday. 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. Concern about the field grew in recent days when aerial photos of the stadium showed serious damage to the grass, particularly on the end of the stadium recently used for a major concert.

The game will now be played at the Rams' home, Los Angeles Coliseum. But the league consulted with the players' association and local officials before deciding it couldn't risk the players' health on a damaged field. That is, until Tuesday, when rumblings over field conditions at El Azteca Stadium began to grow. But another source said he thinks moving the game to Los Angeles is still an option that will be decided this week.

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

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The Rams are required to keep the Coliseum available as a backup in case of a problem with worldwide games. But what members of the Rams and Chiefs would be dealing with when it comes to these field conditions would be absolutely ridiculous, even if the National Football League were take a major revenue hit.

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

The Rams traveled to Colorado Springs on Monday, intending to spend their week of practice in high altitudes to prepare for Mexico City's conditions. The Rams will announce ticket information and other details for Monday night's game as soon as possible, the league said.

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