Ever since last week’s Monday Night Football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills was canceled, NFL media has been having a field day.
For days, much was unknown about the status of their game, and how the situation would be resolved.
The NFL’s best plan?
If the AFC Championship is between the Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL decided that, in full fairness to the Bills, that game would be played at a neutral site.
Until today, the location of this neutral site was unknown.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 12, 2023
This neutral site is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the Atlanta Falcons play their home games.
While there was league-wide speculation that this game would be held at an outdoor stadium, it will now be played in Atlanta.
For those who are interested, this stadium is almost identical in distance to the Bills and the Chiefs stadiums, for fans of either team that are considering making the trek.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is 886 miles from the Bills’ home stadium, and 794 miles from the Chiefs’ home stadium, Arrowhead.
How all of the tickets for this game will work remains to be seen.
Will both teams’ fanbases get first dibs?
Or, will Falcons season-ticket holders be able to buy tickets first?
As a friendly reminder, this game will only be played at Mercedes-Benz stadium if the two teams to represent the AFC in the championship game are the Bills AND the Chiefs.
Any other combination of teams would find the AFC Championship Game at the highest seed’s home stadium, which is how it works in a typical season.