Fans scramble to change plans after NFL moves Chiefs-Rams game from Mexico City to L.A.

November 14, 2018 - 6:51 am
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The Kansas City Chiefs are heading west instead of south for their upcoming Monday Night Football game agains the Los Angeles Rams.

The NFL announced Tuesday it would have to move the game from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of poor field conditions at the venue, Estadio Azteca. The 87,000 capacity stadium was the site of a Shakira concert Oct. 11, which is blamed on the tattered condition of the grass.

Football fan Eli Medina said she booked an Airbnb and spent roughly $2,300 on a trip to Mexico City to see the game in person.

"Surely the field looked like this a week ago," Medina said. "Have they not been checking in on the field? Why was the NFL so out-of-the-loop until a week before?"

Medina is not alone. Some of Alejandro Pacheco's family is already at their Airbnb. His family was using the trip as an excuse to visit family, and to attend the game.

"It would have probably been easier for them to just pay to replace the field," Pacheco said.

The 2017 Mexico City game between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders went off with no problems. 

NFL officials said details on ticket reimbursement will be announced soon. Tickets for the game in Los Angeles will be available starting 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Because of the quick turnaround, these tickets will be mobile-only.

The NFL has decided to move Monday's game between the Chiefs and Rams from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions at Estadio Azteca, according to sources. https://t.co/SS5KW2UOZq

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