Jaguares de Chiapas – Mexican Fútbol LeagueApril 23rd, 2013 | Posted by in Mexico | Sports | The Places We've Been
The Team: Jaguares de Chiapas (Chiapas Jaguars)
The Cost: Tickets, which can be purchased at the sales window at the stadium, range from 50 pesos each ($4 USD) for seats behind the goal line to 1,000 pesos each ($80 USD) for suites. We paid 200 pesos ($16 USD) total for two “preferential” tickets, which are general admission seats along the side of the field. The center-most stands at midfield were blocked for “numbered preferential” ticket holders, but we found good seats just a few rows behind them. Parking cost 20 pesos ($1.60 USD) per car, payable to the attendees at the lot entrance.
The Concessions: Concessions were purchasable via roaming vendors carrying 5 gallon buckets of iced beverages, cardboard boxes of chips, and attractive displays of various nuts and sauces. Single beers were available for 25 pesos ($2 USD), liters for 50 pesos ($4 USD), and liters of micheladas for 70 pesos ($5.60 USD). Signs posted along the retaining walls clarified the beverage prices and urged fans not to pay more, presumably a tool to curb up-charging by vendors.
The Super Fans: When we asked about the sideline section at the ticket window, we were told that they were better than the ends because those sections were dangerous. We made our decision based on view of the field, but once inside, we agreed that “dangerous” is not how we would describe any section of the stadium, which surprisingly to us, was only approximately a third full. A few visiting fans dotted the stands, some even sitting next to us with friends who were cheering for the home team, but no one seemed to mind. The hooligans, who were indeed led into the stadium surrounded by a decent sized troop of state police and who perhaps have been part of disorder in the past, were actually in lovely form during our visit, seeming in high spirits - singing and chanting and drumming cheerily - despite a stoppage time equalizer by the visiting team. There were, in fact, no fewer than five separate bands in the crowd, each surrounded by a crew of orange (with wigs and body paint and instruments and full body jaguar costumes) belting out cheers and songs heartily and without rest.