There’s been a lot of attention paid in recent months to where the Raiders are going to call home in the future.
According to a report from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, they’ll likely be calling Mexico City home for one game next season. The Raiders are scheduled to host the Texans during the 2016 season and McClain reports that the game is expected to be played in Mexico’s capital.
Texans president Jamey Rootes said last year that the team wanted to be part of any games in Mexico, which is a natural place for them to try to grow their fanbase given the proximity to Houston.
“We’ve always expressed that we have an interest in participating internationally as a road team, we’ve made it clear that we were most interested in doing that in Mexico,” Rootes said. “It’s an amazing opportunity for teams and the league. Mexico City is a logical choice for a team like the Texans. We’d be a great ambassador for the league.”
NFL officials traveled to Mexico City last year to see if Azteca Stadium was prepared to host an NFL game, something it last did in 2005 when more than 100,000 people turned out to watch the Cardinals and 49ers. The league would like to expand their international slate of games beyond London, where three games will be played next season.