National Football League moves Monday night game to L.A. from Mexico


Due to poor field conditions at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, Monday night's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams will be relocated to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the National Football League announced Tuesday.

According to a press release from the NFL, "The decision is based on the determination (.) that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday".

The league is anxious, but still determined to have the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams play there on MNF.

The Rams have announced that season-ticket holders now can purchase their seats via the Rams Account Manager through Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PT. Starting Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. PT, season-ticket holders will be permitted to buy up to four additional seats.

The Rams also will give away thousands of seats to first responders and people affected by recent tragedies in Southern California.

Over the past seven days, the Los Angeles metropolitan area has been ravaged by the Woolsey fire and devastated by a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, near where the Rams' facility is located. If it is not, the game would be moved to Los Angeles.

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The Rams played in England in each of the previous two seasons, and they are expected to have another worldwide game next season, as required of teams playing in a temporary home stadium. The Rams and Chiefs are two Super Bowl contenders with MVP caliber players. Kansas City has played just one regular-season game outside the USA, going to London in 2015.

The Rams have played in the United Kingdom in each of the previous two seasons, facing Arizona and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium.

Although both the Rams and Chiefs have a Week 12 bye, the league apparently didn't want to postpone the game until the field was considered playable.

The NFL has moved the Monday night game between the Chiefs and Rams to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, and plans quickly have been made to sell as many tickets to the game as possible.

The Rams had been training in Colorado Springs, Colo. since Monday to prepare for Mexico City's 7,300-foot altitude, but they'll head back home now for the game in their stadium. The Rams now plan to fly home on the weekend.

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