League-Leading Rams and Chiefs to Play at Coliseum
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The Los Angeles Rams will face the Kansas City Chiefs Monday evening at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a match-up of the teams with the NFL’s best records and second- and third-highest-scoring offenses.
The game had been scheduled for Mexico City, but was shifted to the Coliseum after NFL officials ruled last Tuesday that the field at Estadio Azteca did “not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency.”
The game had always been considered a Rams home game. In each of their first three seasons during their second stint in Southern California, the Rams have been designated as the home team in a game scheduled for outside the U.S., costing them a game in the Coliseum.
Firefighters and law enforcement officers who responded to the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks and the Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties will be honored at the game.
Karen and Jordan Helus, the wife and son of Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed in the Borderline shooting, will light the Coliseum torch before the opening kickoff. They will be joined by Paige Vuksic, Jordan Helus’ girlfriend, and Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub, Assistant Sheriff Chris Dunn and Sgt. Kevin Donoghue.
A memorial banner with the names of the 12 Borderline shooting victims will be positioned in the peristyle between Gates 1 and 33.
Players and coaches from both teams will wear hats honoring a variety of Los Angeles-area fire and law enforcement agencies — the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
The agency’s logo is on the front of the cap and the team’s logo is on the side. The hats will be auctioned off on NFL Auction following the game, with all proceeds going to the Conejo Valley Victims Fund and American Red Cross Southern California Wildfire Relief, the Rams announced.
Game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off on NFL Auction, with proceeds going to the relief efforts.
Members of the California Lutheran University Choir will sing the national anthem, joined on field by 200 first responders from the greater Los Angeles region. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard will present the colors.
Justin Meek, a Cal Lutheran alumnus who was a member of the choir, was among the victims of the Nov. 7 Borderline shooting. The Rams have trained at the university since their return to Southern California in 2016.