Like other Latin Americans, Guatemalans are crazy about fútbol. The two most popular teams in the country’s four-team national soccer league, denoted by the colors of their jerseys, are the Rojos (Municipales) and Cremas (Comunicaciones), who usually end up battling it out at the end of the season for the championship title.
International games are also a big event, as Guatemala has never been to a World Cup. In recent years, it has gotten closer than it’s ever been, and the postgame celebrations have spilled into the streets and lasted into the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately, their high hopes have ended in bitter disappointment.
Games can be seen at the Estadio Mateo Flores (10a Avenida, Zona 5), but be advised it can get quite rowdy. In 1996, things got so out of hand that a stampede ensued when stands collapsed, killing 100 people. The soccer stadium has been remodeled in the aftermath. If you’ve always wanted to see a Latin American soccer match, you might want to check it out.
You can see baseball games at Parque Minerva ’s ballpark (Zona 2).