Cancún’s Plaza de Toros (Av. Bonampak at Av. Sayil, tel. 998/884-8372, US$40, children under 12 free) hosts a bullfight every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Bullfights here differ from traditional corridas (runnings) in that only four bulls are fought (versus five or six) and a mini-charrería (rodeo) is performed. Because of this, you won’t see bullfighting aficionados, but it’s still a good cultural sampler. Tickets are available at the box office or through most travel agencies in Cancún.
Baseball (béisbol in Spanish) is huge in Mexico, particularly in the north, where there are as many baseball diamonds as soccer fields. While still not having the pull in the Yucatán as it does elsewhere, it is a sport on the rise. The local team, Tigres de Quintana Roo (Tigers of Quintana Roo, www.tigresqr.com), is one of the 16 teams that make up Mexico’s professional baseball league, the Liga Mexicana de Béisbol (www.lmb.com.mx). You can catch a game from March to September at the Estadio Beto Avilá (Av. Xcaret s/n, behind Walmart, US$3–10).
Arriving in Cancún from Mexico City in 2007, Atlante (www.club-atlante.com) is the city’s first professional fútbol team. And arrive they did: Atlante won the Mexican League’s championship and the Apertura 2007 Championship, both in their first year in residence. The following season Atlante won the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League, earning it a spot in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, where the team placed fourth. The team plays at the Estadio Andrés Quintana Roo (Av. Mayapán s/n, US$15–50), west of the baseball stadium, from August to May.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition