NFL reviewing whether Mexico City game can go on after earthquake

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An earthquake that has killed more than 200 people in Mexico City has the NFL reviewing whether it can play there in two months.

NFL V.P. for International Mark Waller said today that the league is looking into whether the planned November 19 Patriots-Raiders game can go on as scheduled. Waller did say, however, that Estadio Azteca appears to have made it out of the earthquake unscathed, and that social media images showing what some thought was a crack in the stadium actually showed a safety feature that allows the stadium to withstand an earthquake.

“The initial information from that review is the stadium is remarkably in good shape, and that’s a testament to the construction and the safety devices that were put in place when that stadium was built 50 years ago,” Waller said. “The stadium is actually built with four gaps in it to allow the stadium to move in the event of an earthquake.”

Assuming the game goes forward as planned, this will be the second consecutive year that the Raiders are giving up a home game to play at Estadio Azteca.

27 responses to “NFL reviewing whether Mexico City game can go on after earthquake

  1. It is not just the stadium itself. It is the power grid and water systems. It is the airport and roadway system. It is hotel space for the teams, media and fans. It is having enough staffing for all those facilities. Very complicated problem.

  2. Face it. It’s a rat hole. Let the Radas have a real home game for their fans in L.A. so we don’t have to put up with any whining and excuses.

  3. wait a minute. the stadium was built 50 years ago? i thought the NFL was adamant about playing in new stadiums. so much that teams move or threaten to move. somebody tell mexico to build a new stadium or lose the game

  4. The NFL saw fit to go ahead with the week one game in Houston despite a hurricane destroying the surrounding metro area approximately a week prior. Nothing stands in the way of the NFL making its money. This game will be played, safety and logistics be damned.

  5. Home away from home. Next year its Raiders vs Steelers in Mexico City. Mark sold out on us season ticket holders again.

  6. They played a game in a Houston a week after a devastating hurricane. To not play a game two months after an earthquake sends the message that Mexico is treated unequally and looked at as an inferior country. The NFL should not be sending that message.

  7. Count me in as somebody who wont be upset about staying in the states to play this game. After that debacle of a game last year where Brock took every snap with a laser pointer in his eyes and the refs marked the Texans short of a crucial 1st down when they clearly had it by half a yard out of fear for their lives… I’m totally cool with playing in Oakland. The NFL doesn’t belong in a region where soccer officials and players are threatened and killed for making the wrong call or allowing a goal, period.

  8. This was an idiotic idea from the start. If Goodell has any common sense remaining, he will use this earthquake as an excuse to move the game back to Oakland.

  9. I’m sure the people of Mexico are following this very closely. After all, what could be more important than the plans of the NFL.

  10. “…images showing what some thought was a crack in the stadium actually showed a safety feature that allows the stadium to withstand an earthquake.”

    That’s a safety crack. It’s there for safety. It’s not a crack. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…

    Maybe it’s completely true, but it reminds me of the Simpson’s episode where Homer is talking to a salesman at a car dealership. During a police chase that passes right by them, the crooks fire at the cops and end up shooting a bunch of holes into the car Homer was talking to the salesman about – which neither of them see initially because they were distracted by all the excitement. When they focus their attention back on the car, Homer asks “Hey, what are these holes?” to which the salesman replies without missing a beat “Those are speed holes.”

  11. briang123 says:
    They played a game in a Houston a week after a devastating hurricane. To not play a game two months after an earthquake sends the message that Mexico is treated unequally and looked at as an inferior country. The NFL should not be sending that message.
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    Believe it or not Mexico is an inferior country to the USA. I know it it not politically correct to say so but their are not 11 Million US citizens living in Mexico illegally and demanding, selfishly, that country to change their immigration laws to suit them.

  12. I get it make season ticket holders pay to see the jets, but schedule a good home game against the defending super bowl champs away…makes about as much sense as the Las Vegas Raiders do.

  13. first off, this should of never been in mexico to begin with. and IF they do want to do out of country games then it needs to be considered a road game for both teams.

    NO team should lose a home game to this out of country BS the NFL is pushing, just so billionaires can line their pockets with even more money.

  14. drunkraider says:
    September 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    first off, this should of never been in mexico to begin with. and IF they do want to do out of country games then it needs to be considered a road game for both teams.

    NO team should lose a home game to this out of country BS the NFL is pushing, just so billionaires can line their pockets with even more money.
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    Disagree. Oakland fans didnt support the Raiders in Oakland (Oakland led the League in blackout, dismal gates, that’s why they are moving again) so why care now?

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