Thousands of tickets for Monday night's Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game have been allotted to Los Angeles-area first responders.
"Our fans in Mexico are among the most passionate, dedicated NFL fans anywhere in the world", said Mark Waller, the league's executive vice president of worldwide who will be in Mexico City on Thursday to discuss next year and what needs to occur at Azteca to keep the NFL interested in playing there. Concern about the field grew in recent days when aerial photos of the stadium showed serious damage to the grass, particularly on the end of the stadium recently used for a major concert.
"It's not fair to risk our health", a prominent player told ESPN.
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.
These aren't the kind of field conditions any National Football League game should be played on, much less a game that could be a possible Super Bowl preview.
Soccer games as well as concerts at the stadium have left the field in complete mess and both teams are well aware of the conditions that await them.
Because the game is scheduled as a home game for the Rams, they should move the game to Los Angeles.
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.
According to Jeff Sherman of the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas, the Rams would go from 2.5-point favorites to -3.5.
Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Michael Brockers were in attendance for the game on Tuesday night, meeting up with Von Miller of the Broncos.