The reason why the NFL in Mexico could be at risk in 2023

FILE PHOTO: General view of Estadio Azteca with United States and Mexican flags on the field during the playing of the national anthem before the NFL International Series game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City, Mexico November 18, 2019. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports via REUTERS/File Photo (USA TODAY SPORTS/)

The NFL will arrive in Mexico City with a match between San Francisco and Arizona next Monday, November 21 at the monday night football from the mythical Azteca Stadium. The National Football League will return to the capital of the country after two years of absence with a regular season match that will face the 49ers Y Cardinals for the second time from Mexican lands.

However, in the last few hours various sources close to the National Football League have expressed their fear for the 2023 edition of the NFL in Mexico, because for the World Cup in Mexico, the United States and Canada in 2026 Interior and exterior renovations will begin. Colossus of Santa Ursula.

Peter O’Reilly, executive vice president of business and events for the NFL declared in a press conference that the planning of the next match will start after the match between niners and cards: “We are committed to Mexico, our teams are committed to Mexico, so we will continually evaluate the future”, he declared.

The remodeling of the Azteca is scheduled to start in mid-2023 and its estimated duration is between 12 to 18 months, which would make it difficult for the NFL to hold a game next season. O’Reilly emphasized that the league is focused on this year’s game so the decision will be made later.

“We are going to refer them to the people at Estadio Azteca and any plans they have for their stadium. Our focus right now is the return to Mexico City this year.”, he evoked.

In the current campaign, three games have already been played in Londonand next Sunday the first official match of the NFL in Germanywith the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing the Seattle Seahawks on the Allianz Arena of Munich.

The logo was still used
The “Mexico” Tourism Promotion logo was still used (Photo: Infobae México)

Officially, there are four regular season NFL games that have been played in Mexican territory. The peculiarity for the 2022 edition is that the main teams have already met at the Azteca Stadium. In fact, 49ers and Cardinals they were the first groups that did it with a duel between them.

2005 | Arizona vs. San Francisco

Recognized as the first time the NFL played a regular season game outside of the United States. 17 years ago, on October 2, the Azteca Stadium witnessed the passion for American football in Mexico. At that meeting, more than 100,000 people were present in the stands, which was a record attendance for the league. The match resulted in a victory of 31-14 of the Cardinals on the 49ners.

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File photo of the match between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs played at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City in 2019. Azteca Stadium, Mexico City. November 18, 2019. OBLIGATED CREDIT USA TODAY/Kirby Lee

2016 | Oakland (now Las Vegas) vs. Houston

After the success of 2005, the league had no games in Mexico for more than a decade. His comeback was handled by the Raiders who faced the Texans. Once again, the fans packed the Colossus of Santa Úrsula to testify to the triumph of the team Silver and Black by 27-20 against those of Houston.

2017 | New England-Oakland

The NFL appeared in Mexico for the second consecutive year in fulfillment of a three-year contract. The most successful franchise in the league in the recent century showed up at the Azteca Stadium to beat the Raiders without much trouble 33-8.

2019 | Kansas City vs. Los Angeles

The Chiefs against the Rams is the most recent history of the games in Aztec lands. The Mexican capital once again hosted a regular season game after the embarrassing episode of 2018, when the event had to be canceled due to the poor state of the grass.


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