According to Yahoo Sports, which cited unidentified sources from each team, a Shakira concert at the venue October 11 "left the grass surface in significant disrepair".
The league said it consulted with the NFL Players Association and inspected the field Tuesday afternoon with internal and external field experts.
"We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months in preparation for this game", Mark Waller, NFL executive vice president of worldwide, said in a statement. As part of the global series, the Rams were selected to play in Mexico City this year instead of London like previous seasons, but it looks like things are up in the air at the moment with the game scheduled to take place in less than a week. As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements'. Not many people are going to bat an eye if a game between, say, the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills is played in Mexico City. "Until very recently, we had no major concerns".
Players of Lobos BUAP warm up prior to their match against Cruz Azul at Azteca Stadium on November 10, 2018, in Mexico City.
The Associated Press said the field was damaged due to recent rains and several big events. In fact, here are three reasons why the National Football League needs to just put an end to the madness by making what seems like an easy decision to move the game back to where it should have been in the first place, which is Los Angeles.
The hybrid grass at Azteca started to deteriorate because of soccer teams Cruz Azul and Club America, who both play their home games at the stadium.
The NFL confirmed Tuesday what many have been speculating since this weekend.
The NFL has a procedure in place that states all teams that forgo a home game to play internationally are required to keep their home stadium available as a contingency.
Azteca hosted the first regular-season game ever held outside the U.S.in 2005 when Arizona beat San Francisco.
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.
One source said he still expects the game will be played there.