This primetime game was set to kick off in Mexico City, but poor field conditions forced its relocation to Los Angeles, giving the Rams a healthy home field advantage.
Significant discussions are underway about whether the game will be played in Mexico City, Los Angeles or postponed, according to sources, and a decision is expected this week. But the league consulted with the players' association and local officials before deciding it couldn't risk the players' health on a damaged field.
"The decision to move the Chiefs-Rams game to L.A. was based in consultation with the NFLPA and following a meeting and field inspection this afternoon by National Football League and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts", National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
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The league said it would announce details about reimbursement for tickets in the coming days. The Rams will be announcing ticket information for Monday night's game shortly, as well.
"Until very recently, we had no major concerns", NFL Executive Vice President of International Mark Waller said in a statement. Andy Reid and Sean McVay are big reasons for each team's offensive success with both sides scoring at least 33 points per game. For this year's game, the fanfest that drew more than 300,000 fans in Chapultepec Park was moved to the Zocalo, the country's main square located in downtown Mexico City, in an attempt to draw even more fans. The Rams (9-1) and the Chiefs (9-1) will face off Monday night in a much-anticipated game between the top two teams in each conference.
The issue is that soccer games and concerts have left the field a mess.
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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 Rams traveled to Colorado Springs on Monday, intending to spend their week of practice in high altitudes to prepare for Mexico City's conditions. Not many people are going to bat an eye if a game between, say, the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills is played in Mexico City.
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