"We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months in preparation for this game", said NFL Executive Vice President of International Mark Waller. "Until very recently, we had no major concerns".
Thousands of tickets for Monday night's Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game have been allotted to Los Angeles-area first responders.
The league said it would announce details about reimbursement for tickets in the coming days. Both teams have their own people evaluating the field, sources told Schefter, and the NFLPA is concerned and has been monitoring it closely.
The move comes after ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Tuesday afternoon that several players with the Chiefs and Rams were anxious about the messy surface and considered not playing in the game. This game was originally supposed to be played in Mexico, but the poor field conditions have it being played in Los Angeles.
And now the league has scheduled a game in an ancient stadium despite frequent complaints from soccer teams about the playing surface.
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All NFL teams that forgo a home game to play internationally are required by the league to keep their home stadium available as a contingency.
A "number" of players were considering not playing in the game if it remained slated for Mexico City due to concerns about injuries. The game between the Chiefs and Rams, which some analysts are calling a possible Super Bowl preview, was supposed to be played at Estadio Azteca, but the field was deemed unsafe for National Football League players after significant wear and tear from a large concert and recent soccer matches.
The Rams left for Colorado Springs on Monday to train at high altitude for a week before traveling to Mexico City, where the elevation is about 7,300 feet.
The Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots played a game at Estadio Azteca last season, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick complained about numerous logistics and conditions for the game afterward.