International games will return to the NFL’s regular season schedule for 2021, but Mexico will not be included, NFL Mexico confirmed Tuesday.
London will host two games in 2021, with the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars serving as administrative venues for those games.
For the third time, an NFL game scheduled for Estadio Azteca will not be able to take place. Getty Images
“Due to the current context caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to protect the health and well-being of all, the NFL game scheduled for the 2021 season at the Azteca Stadium will be postponed for the following year,” he reported the league’s office in Mexico through a statement.
“Although currently sanitary conditions have improved, we are still facing an uncertain outlook that will allow us to ensure that the game can take place this year and thus guarantee the best experience for our fans and all those attending the stadium.
“The Azteca Stadium and NFL Mexico trust that the extraordinary circumstances that are experienced today with the pandemic will soon be overcome and we will be together with the CDMX evaluating the realization of some promotional activities this year, but above all we will continue working to guarantee; through the highest safety and health protocols, the health of all our visitors and fans will be found again in 2022 “.
– NFL Mexico (@nflmx) May 11, 2021
According to a source cited by The Athletic, it was determined that the COVID-19 pandemic is under better control in the United Kingdom than in Mexico, so it was decided against returning to the Azteca Stadium for next season.
The two games in London will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
On April 1, it was first revealed that Atlanta would host one of the international games, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
For Mexico, this is the third instance in which an NFL game must be canceled in the regular season. Last year, the league canceled all of its international games, due to the pandemic, with one scheduled for the Mexican capital; And in 2018, the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams had to be removed at the last minute from the Azteca Stadium due to the poor conditions of the playing field.
Tottenham’s home will host two games in 2021, with the Falcons and Jaguars serving as home teams. Getty Images
During Super Bowl week, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league planned to hold two international games in 2021 – one in London and the other in Mexico City – after the International Series was canceled in 2020. because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NFL will reveal its full regular season schedule on Wednesday the 12th, which will include a 17th game for all teams for the first time. With the reveal of the schedule, the Falcons and Jaguars rivals for international matches will be known, in addition to the dates.
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Possible travel restrictions, the status of COVID-19 infection rates in the UK, and local regulations regarding match attendance could influence the determination of match end dates.
The Azteca Stadium has not received a public in approximately 14 months. The second leg quarter-finals of the Liguilla will be, with a maximum capacity of 25 percent, the first instances in which fans return to Azteca, with two games planned for next weekend. The tickets available will be only for season ticket holders and box owners, and there will be no general sale for the Cruz Azul and América matches.