While the Oakland Raiders continue to explore stadium options going forward the team will play one of it’s home games for the 2016 season in Mexico City.
The Raiders regular season game against the Houston Texans will now be played in Mexico City.
While such a move further highlights the Raiders stadium problems, benefiting from this will also be the Texans who have been trying to find a way to appear in front of their large Mexico fan base while not losing home games at NRG Stadium in Houston.
“We’ve always expressed that we have an interest in participating internationally as a road team (and), we’ve made it clear that we were most interested in doing that in Mexico,” team president Jamey Rootes via the Houston Chronicle. “It’s an amazing opportunity for teams and the league.
This will mark the NFL’s first game in Mexico since a 2005 game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers which saw 103,467 fans turn out. Stadium renovations have reduced the capacity of Estadio Azteca to 95,500.