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Los Angeles Rams to host Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City in 2018

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Get ready for a faceoff in Ciudad de México!

Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca during an NFL game in 2005
Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca during an NFL game in 2005

As the NFL continues to expand on a international scale, they’ve begun to ship games overseas to London as well as head south to Mexico City.

NFL Commissioner just confirmed that at some point in the 2018 NFL season (the week is not known yet), the Los Angeles Rams will play the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2018 regular season:

This was reported by ESPN Deportes earlier this month, but now the news is official.

Long road trips are nothing new for the Rams, as they’ve been the NFL’s most-traveled team for multiple seasons now having playing multiple games in England over the past few seasons. This will be a new journey for the Rams as they haven’t played in Mexico City yet. Owner Stan Kroenke is no stranger to pushing the Rams to spread out their brand, and maybe with good reason. Los Angeles is home to a huge population of Mexican-Americans, many of whom the team is hoping to turn into Rams fans in the coming years for those they haven’t already. The game certainly won’t hurt on that front.

As hard as it may be on the players and coaches, I think it’s these new experiences that allow the team to grow a stronger bond. The Rams had no issue traveling to England last season, when they managed to beat the Arizona Cardinals 33-0.

Here’s the official release from the team:

The Los Angeles Rams will host their third-consecutive international game in 2018, with a home contest in Mexico City against the Kansas City Chiefs at Estadio Azteca, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today. The contest marks the Rams’ first regular-season game in Mexico after previously hosting games in back-to-back seasons in the United Kingdom at Twickenham Stadium (2016-17).

“Southern California and Mexico share strong historic and cultural ties and this game will provide an opportunity to celebrate the special connection between these two regions,” said Rams Owner/Chairman E. STANLEY KROENKE. “It is great to be participating in the NFL’s international games again and working with the league to grow the game abroad. Mexico has one of the largest NFL fan bases in the world and we are excited to bring Rams football to the millions of fans there.”

In November, the NFL and Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism announced an agreement to play three NFL regular-season games from 2019 to 2021. The previous agreement covered games from 2016 to 2018.

“Over the past two seasons, we have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in Mexico,” Goodell said. “We are excited for another memorable event at Estadio Azteca as the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs head to Mexico City in 2018.”

Fans interested in receiving information about tickets for the game, which will go on sale this summer, should register their interest at www.nfl.com/mexico/registration. Season ticket members of the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will receive information directly from the clubs once tickets are ready for sale.

The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the NFL schedule this spring.

Should be a fun time for those fans who decide to head down to Mexico City!

¡Vámonos Carneros!