Based on a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans current owner Bob McNair and the organization’s president Jamey Rootes have applied a certain pressure on the National Football League to support thier wish to schedule an regular season away game in Mexico City based on a growing fan base south of the US border.
Adding the caveat however that he wasnt interest making it a home game in Mexico, McNair claimed he felt that an “away” game would be a clear opportunity to appeal to the growing legion of Mexican fans.
“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,” Rootes professed the media. “It’s an amazing opportunity for teams and the league.” He continued, “Mexico City is a logical choice for a team like the Texans. We’d be a great ambassador for the league.” Noone however, took up with the looming political facts that there are historic tensions respective to the current status with the countries illegal immigrant dilemma.
The Raiders, with troubles securing a new stadium deal in Oakland and the prospect of moving, look like an ideal team to host a home game far away from home. the Raiders also have a large hispanic fllowing here in the States and especially in California.
A game set between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders would not be the first National Football League regular season game in Mexico City. Back in 2005 the Arizona Cardinals played and beat the San Francisco 49ers with a final score of 31–14 at the Estadio Azteca arena in Mexico City. It holds the honor of being the very first regular season game played south of the US border in Mexico.
the game in Mexico city drew a record breaking crowd of 103,467 enthusiatic spectators Since then however that record has been surpassed.
The league isnt shy about expanding the NFL appeal abroad and across borders into foriegn territory. Over the years both preseason and regular season games alike have beed played in destinations such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and Mexico.