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NFL examining Azteca Stadium for damage after earthquake to ensure readiness for hosting Raiders vs Patriots

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This week Mexico City was rocked by a 7.1 earthquake that took down building and has killed hundreds. Among the structures potentially damaged is Azteca stadium where the Raiders are scheduled to play this season.

This is to be the second season in a row the Raiders will play in Mexico City. They faced the Texans at Azteca Stadium last season.

Shortly after the earthquake, the Raiders issued a statement.

Should the damage to the stadium be extensive, the NFL would consider moving the game to Oakland. It is, after all, a Raiders ‘home’ game. But since initial reports raised serious concerns, the outlook has been more positive as to the condition of the stadium. Even still, the NFL is traveling to the location to get a firsthand look.

The Raiders aren’t scheduled to play there for a couple months. Their game against the Patriots there is set for November 19. In the meantime, there are several soccer matches set to take place at the stadium. So, there is time to figure things out before any decisions must be made.

If the 60-year-old stadium is secure enough to house 87,000 futbol fans, it’s secure enough to house 87,000 football fans. At least you would hope.