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If you want to catch a baseball game in Mexico City, it’s time to become a Diablos Rojos (Red Devils) fan.
The Diablos Rojos are in the Mexican League (LMB) which is a Triple-A league affiliated with Major League Baseball (MLB) in the US.
If you’re not a huge baseball fan, Triple-A teams are one step below the major leagues. Players hoping to make it to the MLB begin their journey on a Single-A team, and then move up through Double-A and Triple-A before finally making it to a major league team.
Although the MLB and the LMB briefly cut ties in 2018, the relationship has been mended and players in Mexico and the US can and do move between the two leagues just like any other.
The Mexican League has 16 teams split into two divisions, North and South. Only one team – the Diablos Rojos – is in Mexico City while the others are scattered around the country in Cancun, Oaxaca, Tijuana and beyond. One team, the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos, even plays half of their games in Texas!
Now that you’ve gotten a brief history of baseball in Mexico City, use this guide to catch the next Diablos Rojos game!
Cheering on the Diablos Rojos at our first baseball game in Mexico City
How to Go to a Diablos Rojos Baseball Game in Mexico City
The Diablos Rojos games are super fun because they’re played in a brand new stadium. Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu was completed in 2019 and holds more than 20,000 people.
To see the stadium for yourself, check the Diablos Rojos calendar to see all upcoming games (gray boxes mean they’re away and white boxes mean they’re playing at home) and then follow these steps to make it happen!
Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu
How to Get to Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu
I usually use Uber to get around Mexico City, especially to far-flung places like the Diablos Rojos stadium which is located in the Granjas Mexico neighborhood on the east side Mexico City, near the international airport. Click here to see Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu on Google Maps.
From the Roma and Condesa neighborhoods – where Dan and I are living and most tourists stay on their trip to Mexico City – the Uber ride took about 30 minutes and cost about 100 mxn / 5 usd.
Ticket booths at the Diablos Rojos game
How to Buy Diablos Rojos Tickets
The Diablos Rojos website doesn’t sell tickets, you can only buy them through Ticketmaster or at the stadium.
Perseonally, I’ve had a lot of toruble accessing Ticketmaster here in Mexico (I couldn’t get tickets on it for the Club America soccer game we went to either) so we decided just to buy our tickets at the stadium instead.
We arrived right at the start to the game so the lines to buy tickets were pretty long, but I imagine they’d be shorter on a weeknight game vs. the Sunday afternoon game we chose.
To get your tix, look for the two large ticket booths on the left side of the stadium labeled “Taquillas.”
The first booth sells tickets via credit and debit cards (tarjetas) while the second booth sells them via cash (effectivo). Choose your line and don’t freak out about how long it looks, the ones pictured above only took about 30 minutes to get through.
Dan was excited to cheer on Brandon Phillips, and ex-Cincinnati Reds player who “retired” onto the Diablos Rojos team
How Much do Diablos Rojos Tickets Cost?
Ticket prices will vary based on the day and time of the game and whether or not it’s a major rivalry, etc.
We went to a Sunday afternoon matchup between the Diablos Rojos and the Pericos de Puebla and our ticket options were:
- Jardines (garden seats) for 50 mxn / 2.60 usd
- Berma General (I actually don’t know what these seats are, they were sold out when we made it to the ticket booth along with both Platea Alta options ) for 50 mxn / 2.60 usd
- Platea Alta Lateral (upper level on the side) for 60 mxn / 3.13 usd
- Platea Alta Central (upper level in the middle) for 120 mxn / 6.36 usd
- Platea Baja Lateral (ground level on the side) for 200 mxn / 10.43 usd
- Platea Baja Cental (ground level in the middle) for 300 mxn / 15.65 usd
- VIP (I think these are the nice box seats) for 750 mxn / 39 usd
Of course, we did what any true baseball fan would do and bought the cheapest seats to enter and then stealthily moved into better ones.
The garden seats are on the sides near the outfield and are perfectly fine, the only problem is that they don’t have seatbacks and aren’t covered. The game wasn’t full though so we had no problem moving to a few different seats to enjoy some new views!
One of many concession stands selling a wide variety of food at the stadium
Food and Drink at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu
If you’ve ever been to a minor league baseball game in the US, a Diablos Rojos game in Mexico City is exactly the same… meaning there is tons of food and drinks to choose from!
I bought a Nathan’s chili dog for 100 mxn / 5 usd and Dan got a hamburger and fries meal for about the same price. They also have Corona for 50 mxn / 2.50 usd a bottle and lots of other food and snacks to choose from both at the concession stands and sold by vendors walking through the stadium.
Extra Tips to Attend a Baseball Game in Mexico City
This guide is just about finished, but I want to add a few extra tips that didn’t fit in above.
First, it’s good to know that the stadium has wifi, which makes it easy to call an Uber at the end of the game.
However, the stadium is buried a bit inside a larger sports park, so make sure you drop your Uber pin in the right place – on the street entrance about five minutes walking from the stadium – so your driver can find you.
Also, because the stadium is located in the park there’s a bunch of other cool stuff around it.
Outside there are vendors selling t-shirts, hats, and other Diablos Rojos gear, and the stadium is surrounded by a race track that was open for biking and walking and could definitely be fun to explore before or after the game as well.
Finally, prepare yourself for a full day of baseball because compared to MLB games, Mexican League baseball games are suuuuuuuper slow.
Each inning lasted about 30 minutes, which meant that even though we left two and a half hours into the game it was still only in the 5th inning! This is because the MLB has some restrictions in place to speed up games that the LMB doesn’t use.
I hope you find this guide to baseball in Mexico City helpful, and I hope you enjoy the game!
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