The NFL is reviewing whether to play the game in Mexico City or not.
Following an earthquake that killed more than 200 people in Mexico City earlier this week, the NFL will review whether or not it’s safe to play a game in Mexico City, where a matchup between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots is scheduled to take place on November 19.
According to PFT, NFL V.P. Mark Waller said the NFL is reviewing whether the game can go on as scheduled, but he also made clear that Estadio Azteca appears to have made it through the earthquake unscathed.
“The initial information from that review is the stadium is remarkably in good shape, and that’s a testament to the construction and the safety devices that were put in place when that stadium was built 50 years ago,” Waller said, per PFT. “The stadium is actually built with four gaps in it to allow the stadium to move in the event of an earthquake.”
Pictured below is one of the aforementioned safety gaps in Estadio Azteca, though the tweet incorrectly identifies it as damage from the earthquake:
Wow!! Estadio Azteca suffers major structural issue according to initial reports. Look at the slice right in the middle! pic.twitter.com/0inUl3n88D
— Pancho Villa’s Army (@VillasArmy) September 19, 2017
More information should be available from the league in the coming weeks.