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Why is Mexico City a Magnet for Sports Fans?
 

Staff writer – March 28, 2019

Are you looking to add sports tourism to your next vacation? Are you a travel agent who offers sports tourism packages? Consider adding Mexico City to your bucket list—and moving it to the top!

Mexico City is a must if you are a fútbol (soccer) fan: it is home to six major clubs and the legendary Azteca Stadium. Baseball is also hugely popular, and many of the world’s best boxers come from Mexico.

 

But to get the full experience, you must also see the national sport of Mexico—the Mexican rodeo, called charrería. And don’t forget to see the lucha libre!

Soccer
 

Mexico City has three major men’s soccer clubs: Club América (Las Águilas = the Eagles), Cruz Azul, and Club Universidad Nacional (Pumas). The three major women’s clubs share the same names plus the word “Feminil” at the end.

 

The biggest rivalry in Mexican soccer is between Club América and Guadalajara, and matches between them are called El Súper Clásico. Get to one of those if you can. They just played on March 16 in Guadalajara but you can enjoy seeing Club América games in Estadio Azteca (Azteca Stadium) in Mexico City. They’ll also play Cruz Azul there on April 14. (Note that the schedule for the second half-season, beginning in July, has not been released yet, so keep an eye out for it if you’re planning to visit after the current season ends in May.)

 

Baseball
 

Baseball may be the second most popular sport in Mexico. The Liga Mexicana de Béisbol (LMB) is divided into the northern and southern zones; Mexico City’s team, Diablos Rojos del México (Red Devils of Mexico), is in the southern zone, along with the Leones de Yucatán and Tigres de Quintana Roo, their biggest rivals.

The 2019 baseball season opens in April, and the first game in Mexico City will take place on April 5 in Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú, home of the Diablos Rojos—they will be playing the Tigres de Quintana Roo, from Cancún. If you’d like to visit in the summer, don’t miss the Juego de Estrellas (All-Star game) on June 16 at the same venue!

Boxing
 

While Mexico has an impressive soccer record, the country boasts 204 boxing world champions and counting! One new face (or fist?) to watch is Mexico City native, super featherweight Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez. Another is Emanuel “El Vaquero” Navarrete. Keep a close eye on their schedules, and those of your other favorite Mexican boxers, so that you can catch one of their matches during your visit to Mexico City.

Charrería
 

Charrería is a celebration of cowboy culture—picture a more artistic version of the rodeo. Both men and women participate, and it usually has nine separate skills events. Charrería skills involve lassoing an animal (usually a cow), and bringing a galloping horse to a halt before making it rise on its hind legs and turn.

Charrería is also a lively celebration of Mexican culture, often involving mariachi music, festive outfits, dancing, and beer. Even more so than the riders, the horses, usually Azteca or Andalusian breeds, are the stars of the event.

There are several arenas, called lienzos charros, in Mexico City. Try Lienzo Charro Constituyentes or Lienzo Charro de la Villa, both of which hold regular events.

Lucha Libre
 

Ah, the lucha libre. That Mexican wrestling event with the masks and flamboyant costumes. Why should you go see it? Because it’s fun! While most people view lucha libre as more entertainment than sport, the wrestlers do display great talent.

Arena México is the most popular venue for lucha libre in Mexico City, and there is sure to be a match during your visit. Just go see it. The experience will be unforgettable!

As a bonus, Mexico City will host an NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2019 season. Keep an eye out for the game on the NFL schedule, which will be released in full this spring. Talk to your travel agent today about your Mexico City vacation. While some tickets can be purchased on the spot, others need to be reserved in advance, so make sure you get them on time!