By Araceli Villanueva //@Aracelv1
The Kansas City Chiefs were originally scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for one of the biggest games of the year. However, the game was moved west to Los Angeles after officials declared the field was unfavorable. And with growing concerns from the players – who allegedly refused to play – it was a done deal.
Chiefs-Rams game to move from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to field conditions pic.twitter.com/vWmpzS9lOr
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) November 13, 2018
Scheduled as an away game, it made sense to move the game to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. However, with an enormous Chiefs fan-based already residing in the City of Angles, I have no doubt they will turn the Coliseum into Arrowhead Stadium as they did earlier in the season when the Chiefs visited the Los Angeles Chargers in week one.
So what happened to the field in Mexico City?
Well, it seems Shakira’s hips destroyed the field after performing back-to-back shows in October. Maintenance was doubtful to keep up repairs as Estadio Azteca hosted another concert last week. A stadium groundskeeper stated: “that some of the damage may be irreversible” following the series of performances.
Per the statement released by the NFL and the Chiefs, the decision was based on consultations with NFL and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts. Ultimately, Estadio Azteca did not meet “NFL standards for playability and consistency” and would not have been able to meet these criteria within a short window of time.
I think we can argue other fields have been seen as less favorable this season…Oakland Raiders anyone? Or maybe the Washington Redskin’s mud pit at FedEx Field in 2013?
Judging by this tweet, the field could have been saved or at least partially redone, if not rescheduled, instead of going through the headache of moving teams and dealing with understandably frustrated fans.
— Ulises Harada (@ulisesharada) November 10, 2018
Even though the Chiefs said: “per the league, details on ticket reimbursement procedures will be announced in the days ahead.” at the end of the day, I feel bad for the fans who’ve purchased airline tickets and booked hotels – along with ticket sales.
On a positive note, the Rams announced yesterday evening they will be giving complimentary tickets to all servicemen – who are currently fighting the wildfires that have been threatening northern Los Angeles. That’s a great move by the Rams!
Do you think the NFL made the right decision?
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