*

upload_article_image

Mexico’s Azteca hopes to shine after last year’s NFL debacle

Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium is looking to put its best face forward Monday night when it hosts a regular-season NFL matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Officials are hoping for redemption after last season’s game had to be moved to the L.A. Coliseum, a black eye for the arena and the league.

Poor field conditions forced the last-minute change, which prompted headlines like “Colossal Shame” in Mexican media.

An aerial view of the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, where the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams will face off for a regular-season Monday Night Football game. Heavy rain and heavy use last year left the grass unfit for the AFC matchup, forcing the Chiefs-Rams game to be relocated to Los Angeles. (AP PhotoChristian Palma)

The hybrid turf has since been swapped out for natural grass. Women’s soccer league matches were moved to another venue and fewer events in general have been scheduled for the 84,000-seat Azteca.

Mexico is one of the NFL’s most important overseas markets, home to an estimated 25 million fans.

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

An aerial view of the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, where the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams will face off for a regular-season Monday Night Football game. Heavy rain and heavy use last year left the grass unfit for the AFC matchup, forcing the Chiefs-Rams game to be relocated to Los Angeles. (AP PhotoChristian Palma)

An aerial view of the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, where the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams will face off for a regular-season Monday Night Football game. Heavy rain and heavy use last year left the grass unfit for the AFC matchup, forcing the Chiefs-Rams game to be relocated to Los Angeles. (AP PhotoChristian Palma)