Raiders and Texans to play in Mexico City

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016

It looks like the Houston Texans have finally gotten their wish and that’s to play a regular season game in Mexico City. Their opponent? None other than the homeless Oakland Raiders. One would think that the Texans would be the home team because of their proximity but that’s not the case. The Raiders will be giving up a home game and play host when that day arrives.

Owner Bob McNair and president Jamey Rootes have told the league for a couple of years how much they would like for the Texans to be involved in the international series, preferably in Mexico City because they have a growing fan base in Mexico.

McNair has insisted he won’t give up a home game at NRG Stadium but would like to play a road game in Mexico City. Oakland is a natural because of its current circumstances.

“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 said after the visit. “It’s an amazing opportunity for teams and the league.

“Mexico City is a logical choice for a team like the Texans. We’d be a great ambassador for the league.” (Houston Chronicle)

What’s the current circumstances around the Raiders? Well it’s obviously them not having a home right now. The team still hasn’t signed a new lease with the city of Oakland as they search for a new home. So having the Raiders host an international game only makes sense.

The last time the NFL played a regular season game in Mexico City was in 2005 when the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals faced off in a divisional matchup. The crowd that day was 103,467. We can easily expect a crowd that size again with the “local” Texans and the popular Raiders facing off.

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