Soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico (followed, awesomely, by Lucha Libre, but that’s a blog post for another day) and the country has literally hundreds of professional teams.
It’s safe to say that soccer is a huge deal here, and there’s no better place to experience a soccer game than in Mexico City.
The capital is home to three of the most popular teams (and the biggest stadium) in the country, and this is everything you need to know to go to a soccer game in Mexico City.
Fans going wild after a Club America goal at Estadio Azteca
Soccer Teams in Mexico City
Mexico City has more than eight million people and sprawls across more than 500 square miles, so it makes sense that it needs three teams to satiate the city’s rabid fans. The teams are:
- Club America
- Cruz Azul
- Club Universidad Nacional (Pumas de la UNAM)
All three are in Liga MX, the top league in Mexico. Below Liga MX are the “minor leagues” like Ascenso MX and Liga Premier. Every year, all the clubs in all the leagues are ranked and teams move between them, so just maintaining a spot in Liga MX means a team is one of the best of the best.
And Club America is the best of the three Liga MX teams in Mexico City.
According to Wikipedia (yep, it’s my blog I can cite who I want), Club America has won “a record 13 league titles, and six Campeón de Campeones cups. In international competitions, América has ten FIFA recognized club trophies, the most for a club from the CONCACAF [Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football] region.”
If you’re going to a soccer game in Mexico City, Club America is the team you want to see.
Estadio Azteca, home to the Club America and Cruz Azul teams.
Soccer Stadiums in Mexico City
Mexico City has three teams, but they only play at two stadiums.
Estadio Olímpico Universitario is located south of the city center in the Ciudad Universitaria neighborhood and holds 72,000 people. From the popular Roma and Condesa neighborhoods where most tourists stay in Mexico City, the stadium is about a 30-minute drive.
Estadio Azteca is even further south of Estadio Olímpico Universitario in the Coyoacan neighborhood. It’s the largest stadium in Mexico City and holds more than 87,000 people. It’s also notable because it sits 7,200 feet above sea level and has been home to multiple Olympic and World Cup games.
The Pumas play at Estadio Olímpico Universitario but Cruz Azul and Club America play at Estadio Azteca. Seeing Club America play at Estadio Azteca is an experience you won’t soon forget, and this guide will help you make it happen.
How to Find the Mexico City Soccer Schedule
I’m not going to pretend like I understand the Mexico soccer season and all the tournaments that run before and after it, but I can point you to the people who do.
To find an updated calendar of all the upcoming Liga MX games, click here. Then, click on Liga BBMV MX option to see the PDF schedule of games.
It lists all the games in the country, so look first in the stadium column to find only the ones being played at Azteca. Then check the dates and get ready to see your first soccer game in Mexico City!
How Much Do Soccer Tickets Cost in Mexico City?
Club America ticket prices range from about 100 to 150 mxn / 5 to 8 usd at the lowest and go up to whatever you really want to spend.
For big rivalries, minimum ticket prices may be higher than those listed here – you can expect to spend more if Club America is playing other popular teams like Cruz Azul, the Pumas, or Guadalajara.
We didn’t go to a major rivalry game and we spent 150 mxn per person for seats in the upper level. We were placed in 450 and it was a bit crowded, so we ended up moving even higher to the top section (600s) to have some more space.
Unless you’re a super fan (in which case, you wouldn’t be reading this article) the view from these cheap seats is perfectly fine and I’m glad we didn’t shell out for more.
My America vs. Monterrey soccer ticket
How to Buy Soccer Tickets in Mexico City
There are a three different ways to buy tickets for a soccer game in Mexico City, but only one that I recommend.
Option 1: Buy Soccer Tickets at Estadio Azteca
If you’re not going to a major rivalry game then you can get tickets at the stadium right up until the match. However, you should only go this route if you like spending hours of your time waiting in lines!
Even though our game wasn’t a super popular showdown, the ticket line was still massive when we arrived. It snaked through the parking lot and looked like a terrible way to start our experience at a soccer game.
So, buying tickets at Estadio Azteca before a game is possible, but I don’t recommend it.
Option 2: Buy Soccer Tickets Online
Ticketmaster also sells Club America tickets so you can buy them online.
I tried, but the website wasn’t really loading for me and was having a few different issues – I’m not sure if it was because of my VPN or if it was just a one-time thing or what, but I just couldn’t get to the page that sold the tickets.
Even if you can buy your tickets online, you’ll still have to deal with actually getting them. I don’t know if they’re sent by email, need to be printed, or have to be picked up at Will Call and it all just honestly seemed like a pain in the ass and is why I don’t recommend this option either.
Option 3: Buy Soccer Tickets at a Ticketmaster Office
This is the route we ultimately chose to go and it was super easy. Ticketmaster has tons of offices around Mexico City where you can buy Club America tickets from a human cashier (always a plus) and you can click here to see a list of all Ticketmaster outlets.
Mexico City has so many location the list is divided into five sub-lists, so make sure you check them all on the left to find the location nearest to you (and make sure to note the hours as well because each office’s seemed to vary widely). Each location also lists whether they do ticket pick-up only, sales only, or both, so check that carefully as well before you head out.
We’re living in Condesa so we bought our soccer tickets at the Auditorio Blackberry Office. The Ticketmaster office did add a 35 mxn / 2 usd charge to each ticket but it was worth it to me because they made the purchase so easy!
How to Get to Estadio Azteca
Estadio Azteca is located in the Coyoacan neighborhood, but it’s important to note that Coyoacan is huge and the stadium is far from the Frida Khalo Museum and cute central Coyoacan area that you may also want to explore.
Dan and I went to a Saturday soccer game Mexico City, so we spent the day in Coyoacan and then took an Uber to Estadio Azteca. The traffic wasn’t too bad (even though we arrived right around the start time) and we easily made it to the stadium.
Uber is cheap in Mexico City and my preferred way to get around, but you can also use the metro line as well.
Google Maps has actually integrated the metro information into the app now, so it’ll give you the exact steps to take the metro from wherever you are in the city. You’ll need the 20 mxn / 1 usd metro card (you can buy this at most stops) and then each ride costs 6 mxn / .25 usd.
Looking out over the entrance to Estadio Azteca as we climbed the ramps to our seats in the upper levels.
How to Find Your Seats at Estadio Azteca
Finding your seats at Estadio Azteca isn’t too difficult. First, you need to look at the bottom of your ticket to see what entrance ramp you should use.
If you’re like me and buy the cheaper tickets, it will say “Rampa 1 y 7” (ramps one and seven) in the “Accesso” box. These are the two main ramps in front of the stadium – walk up them and then you’ll see more signs to follow. The signs are labeled as “nivels” (levels) but the corresponding number on your ticket will actually be under the “sección” (section) label.
Match your section number to the same number on the signs and then follow the arrows to your seat!
Food and Drink at Estadio Azteca
Just like any other professional sports game, there’s tons of food and alcohol readily available at a Club America game.
When you first arrive, you’ll wind through a maze of food stands and souvenir tents just to make it to the stadium entrance. Of course, these options will be cheaper than anything you’ll find inside.
Once inside you’ll find concession stands selling the basics like burgers and fries as well as more interesting options like personal pizzas from Dominoe’s. Plus, people walk around selling snacks, fruit, ramen noodles, and literally anything else you can imagine. If you buy from a vendor at your seat, it’s customary to pay a small tip as well.
Just to give you an idea of what to budget, a burger with fries in Estadio Azteca costs 80 mxn / 4 usd while a Corona double (two Corona bottles poured into one giant cup, I love Mexico) is 110 mxn / 6 usd. Popcorn costs 40 mxn / 2 usd and other snacks range around there as well.
How to Buy Club America Jerseys and Gear
If you really want to get into the spirit of the match, there are two places to buy Club America jerseys and gear at Estadio Azteca.
The first is from the tents outside the game where third-party sellers have hats, shirts, and other gear on display. These will obviously be cheaper and lower-quality than what you find inside.
If you wanna do it up right, there’s also a nice fan shop after you enter the gates (but before you enter the stadium itself) selling official Club America gear made by Nike. Some of it tempted me, but the lines to buy were long and the prices were pretty high, so I ultimately passed.
Enjoying the soccer game at Estadio Azteca!
Tips for Leaving Estadio Azteca After a Game
If you have data on your phone, leave 15 to 20 minutes early to call your Uber to avoid the surging that’s about to go crazy when the game lets out.
If you don’t have data, leave 30 minutes early and walk out of the stadium and to the right, keep your phone open to the wifi connection and you should see the free CDMX wifi option pop up after a few minutes – use this to call an Uber and gtfo before it all goes mad. There are taxis waiting outside the stadium as well but they’ll charge about 4x what an Uber costs to get home, and Ubers will soon surge to match that price.
For example, I checked Uber before we left and rides to Condesa were 150 mxn / 8 usd. We didn’t leave early enough and by the time I connected to the free CDMX wifi, the rides had surged to 250 mxn / 13 usd. A driver picked up, but by then the price was rising so quickly that he cancelled and when I called again it was up to 400 mxn / 21 usd for the trip.
We decided to head into a nearby bar and wait it out but it started storming and the streets flooded and we ended up paying 400 mxn anyway. If it hadn’t rained so much, I’m not sure how long it would take for the surge to go back down.
Because of our experience, I recommend leaving early to avoid paying inflated prices and dealing with traffic around the stadium after the game ends.
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