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Estadio Azteca: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The Estadio Azteca was built in the 1960s to accommodate the increasing number of supporters of Club América and to provide Mexico with a stadium that could host large-scale events.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Monday, 04.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Estadio Azteca was built in the 1960s to accommodate the growing support of Club America and to provide Mexico with a flagship venue for the upcoming 1970 World Cup. The stadium has been host to a number of major events including the final game of the 2014 World Cup, and will once again play host to important matches during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016. Even so, the architect succeeded in creating a masterpiece that still stands as one of the most iconic stadiums in the world. The stadium Estadio Azteca was designed by architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez after a careful study of some of the most famous European stadiums from that time. Construction on the stadium took four years and wasn't easy because of the hard volcanic rock the land consisted of. But, despite this, architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez was able to create a magnificent stadium that still stands as one of the most iconic in the world.

On May 29, 1966, Estadio Azteca officially opened with a friendly match between America and Italian side Torino.

The 1970 World Cup was held in Brazil and hosted 10 matches. Among these, a semi-final and the final between Brazil and Italy (4-1) took place.

For sixteen years, Azteca Stadium hosted the World Cup final. However, in 2014 it was replaced by Maracana Stadium as the only stadium to do so.

The refurbished stadium hosted 9 World Cup matches, including the famous quarter-final between Argentina and England (2-1), a semi-final, and the final between Argentina and Germany (3-2).

Capacity at the stadium has decreased over the last two decades from 115,000 in 1986 to around 100,000 in the 2000s and to 84,000 in 2016 following a large refurbishment.

In 2018, Cruz Azul moved back into the Azteca Stadium, having also had it as its home in the 70s and 80s.

The stadium is a regular playing venue for the Mexican national team and for years was the home of Necaxa before they moved to Aguacalientes.

How to get to Estadio Azteca

The Estadio Azteca is located in the south of Mexico City, about 15 kilometers from the historic city center. The stadium is easily accessible by metro and the connecting light rail. First take metro line 2 (which crosses the city's historic center) to its final stop Tasqueña, and then transfer to the light rail (tren ligero), which has a similar look as the metro, but for which a separate ticket is required. Get off at stop Estadio Azteca.

If arriving by car, the stadium can be reached by driving all the way south over the large Avenida Tlalpan. Stay on the right side of the metro and light rail tracks, and the stadium will automatically show up on your right.

Alternatively, the stadium can be reached from the Anillo Pereférico ring road by travelling just south of the stadium. Take exit Estadio Azteca. There is a lot of parking at the stadium, but expect to get stuck in traffic.

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Eat, drink, and sleep near Estadio Azteca

The Azteca Stadium is located in a residential area and there is not much entertainment around. The north part of the stadium is a bit seedy, but there is no reason to venture there. Of course, you can always get a quesadilla outside the stadium at one of the many stalls before the match. There are also a few more expensive hotels that offer great amenities and services such as The Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental.

All three offer free parking. Nearby, but a bit farther away, are the Fiesta Inn and the Holiday Inn Medica Sur. Both offer good lodging options with easy access to Gran Sur shopping center. All three offer free parking.

There are many hotels in the historic center of Mexico City, from which you can easily catch Metro line 2. More upscale are the areas around Avenida Reforma, including the lively Condesa, Polanco, and Roma areas with their nightlife), which are also packed with hotels. You will need an extra Metro change though to get onto line 2.

Club America Tickets

Tickets for Club América matches can be bought online, at the ticket windows (taquillas) at the stadium, or through one of the Ticketmaster sales outlets. Tickets for the game can be bought at the gates of the stadium on the day of the match. This is usually not a problem, as América rarely sells out.

Prices for league matches will vary depending on the opponent, but in the typical match, upper tier seats usually go for MX$ 100.00 and lower tier seats for MX$ 200.00. Prices can go up to between MX$ 200.00 and MX$ 500.00 for some high-profile matches.

Estadio Azteca stadium tours

The stadium tours at Estadio Azteca offer a variety of activities that include a visit to the press room, home dressing room, players tunnel, and dugouts. The tour lasts around 30-40 minutes. Tours run Monday-Friday at 10:00am-5:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 10:00am-2:00pm. There are no tours on weekday matchdays or the day before a home match. Reservations are not required.

The tour costs MX$ 105.00 per person.

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Clubamerica.com, Estadio Azteca, Mexicocity.gob.mx, Metro.df.gob.mx I strongly recommend going to Club America's stadium. Yes, it is a bit short, but the overriding factor is that it is a huge and impressive stadium with a lot of history for a relatively new stadium. I would like to have seen Club America play, but it's not possible during my trip.

I recommend that you go see Club America play their stadium. It is a bit short, but the overriding factor is how impressive and historic the stadium is for a new facility. I would like to have seen them play, but that is not possible during my trip.

The experience of visiting the stadium was good, but it would have been nice to see more of it. The view we had from pitch level was the only view we got, so it was not very comprehensive. It would also have been nice to see some of the other areas within the stadium, such as the business facilities and control room. However, the experience was worth travelling to and is definitely worth experiencing.

Date visited: 10 March 2012

We took the Estadio Azteca stadium tour in March 2012. We had previously checked by phone whether it really was not necessary to make a booking, which they indeed confirmed.

The stadium was easily reached by metro and light rail, but it is located in the far south of the city, so it still took some time to get there. You will definitely need 30 to 45 minutes to get there from the historic centre, though it would be wise to calculate more time, especially when it rains.

The entrance to the tour was unclear because it wasn't at the Club América-Nike store right at the entrance (as seemed logical), but on the right side of the stadium (from the metro station).

The guards were helpful enough to direct us in the right direction though, and we arrived at the VisitStadium boutique just in time for the 1:00 pm tour.

The guide started with a quick history of the property and then took us around, pointing out different features and telling stories. We learned about the designers, how they came up with the concepts, and some behind-the-scenes secrets. It was really interesting to learn all of this and the tour was definitely worth it!

The guide was a young man, probably a student, but very friendly and could answer most questions. He seemed tentative though, so it may have been one of his first days on the job.

The tour began with a walk outside the stadium, then turned inside through the marathon tunnel, passed by the press room (which is located in the tunnel), went into the América dressing room, and continued through the players tunnel to the pitch.

Then there was a brief period of time on the edge of the pitch to take photos (of course stepping onto the pitch was not allowed), and have your photo taken by the guide (which he printed out for free later). Finally we walked back up the stands and inside to the cafeteria. All in all it lasted only about a half an hour.

Overall, the tour was interesting. However, it felt a bit short. I would have liked to have seen the stadium from up in the stands. We only saw the inside of the stadium from around pitch level. It would also have been nice to see areas such as the business facilities, control room, and other backstage areas. Right now, it's really just a minimal tour.

It was a really nice experience and it was definitely worth the metro ride, but it was a bit too short.

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