THE BEST SPORTS VENUES IN MEXICO CITY
Updated: Sep 16
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Mexico City is a sprawling, cosmopolitan metropolis. Accordingly, there is no shortage of venues from which to enjoy sporting events. In Mexico, the top tier professional football league (soccer for my fellow Americans) Liga BBVA MX reigns supreme. The most important sports venue in Mexico City is Estadio Azteca.
Located in Tlalpan, Mexico City, this football stadium is the biggest in Mexico and home of the Liga MX team Club América and the Mexican National Team. As of 2018, it also serves as the home of probably the best team in Liga, Cruz Azul.
The official capacity is 87,523 but the record attendance occurred on 7 July 1968, when Mexico faced Brazil in football, with attendance at 119, 853. Estadio Azteca is also utilized for one National Football League game each season.
Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera
This is the main basketball arena of Mexico City and the home of the Capitanes de Ciudad de México (Mexico City Captains). The Capitanes play in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional or LNBP. The arena is located in the Benito Juarez section of Mexico City and has an official capacity of 5,242. The logo is a blue and yellow rendering of the Monumento a la Revolucion.
The team played it's inaugural season in 2017-2018, as Mexico City did not have a professional basketball team for a decade. It was announced that starting in the 2021-2022 season, the Capitanes would be joining the NBA G-League. While there are some Americans playing in Mexico, it will be a good step up in competition and the games should be very entertaining.
Estadio Olímpico Universitario
The Estadio Olîmpico is situated inside the Ciudad Universitaria, in Mexico City. Ciudad Universitaria is the main campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); the largest university in Mexico and Latin America. The stadium has an official capacity of 72,000 and is known for being the location of the fist protest by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the 1968 Olympics. The American Football team of UNAM, known as the "Pumas Dorados" or "Pumas", is one of the oldest and most important teams in Mexico.
The team was founded in 1927 by a group of students and became the official team of UNAM in 1931. The Pumas have fierce rivalries with a number of other Mexican university teams. A former player, Andres Salgado, played in the Canadian Football League. It would be enjoyable to see UNAM play an American university in the Estadio Olimpico.
Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú
The Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú is the home of the main baseball team in Mexico City, the Diablos Rojos, or Red Devils. The stadium was new in 2019 and has a seating capacity of 20,576. The previous stadium was the Estadio Frey Nano. The inauguration of the new stadium was attended by the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum. The Red Devils play in the Mexican League, which is considered AAA but operates independently from Major League Baseball in the United States. The Red Devils main rival is the team Tigres de Quintana Roo.