The National Football League (NFL) has announced that the Kansas City Chiefs will play the Los Angeles Rams in Mexican capital of Mexico City next season.
The game, which will take place at the Estadio Azteca, is the fourth international fixture to be confirmed for 2018, with three games already locked in to be played in London, UK.
It will be the first time both franchises have played a regular-season game in Mexico, although the Chiefs took part in a pre-season fixture in Monterrey in 1996. The date and time for the game is set to be announced later this year, with the Rams serving as the home team.
Mexico has staged one regular-season game each year since 2016, and the country’s Ministry of Tourism reached an agreement with the league in November for at least three more fixtures to be played there from 2019 to 2021.
“Over the past two seasons, we have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in Mexico,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “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.”
Rams owner Stan Kroenke said: “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.
“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,” added Chiefs owner 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.”