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Building off the success of the 2016 and 2017 Mexico games, the NFL will return to Mexico City in 2018 when the Los Angeles Rams host the Kansas City Chiefs at Estadio Azteca.
The date and time of the game will be determined when the NFL schedule is released this spring. The game in Mexico is the fourth international game confirmed for 2018, adding to the three previously announced games in London, and a testament to the NFL’s commitment to growing the game beyond the borders of the United States.
In November, the NFL and Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism announced an agreement to play three NFL regular-season games from 2019 to 2021.
“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.”
Both teams will be playing their first regular-season game in Mexico. The Chiefs played a preseason game in Monterrey, Mexico in 1996, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 32-6.
“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 and 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.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of the NFL’s international initiatives once again, and we are excited to face the Rams at historic Estadio Azteca this fall,” said Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt. “The support for the NFL in Mexico has grown significantly since our initial trip in 1996. We look forward to returning to Mexico and connecting with a new generation of fans this season.”
Tickets for the game will go on sale this summer. Fans can register to receive more information. Rams and Chiefs season ticket members will be notified by the teams when tickets are for sale.