It had been years since I last attended a live baseball game. As a kid, the great American past time was a family ritual. We headed to the ballpark, piled into the bleachers with our roasted peanuts and cotton candy, and sang along to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”… last Friday night, the lyrics were sung in Spanish.
The Tigers http://www.tigresqr.com/2011/ are Quintana Roo’s baseball team and they have made Cancun their home. The Tigers are also a winning team. Last Friday, they beat the Tabasco Olmecas 3 to 2, and with the season almost complete, the Tigers have clawed their way into first place of the Southern Division. Since they were founded in 1955, the team has won nine championships and been dubbed “El equipo que nació campeón” – The team born a champion.
While the Tigers’ athletic prowess was impressive, I must admit, it was all the food options that hit a home run with me. I have never seen so many delicious goodies at a sporting event. Forget processed hotdogs out of a package and nachos drowned in canned cheese. The tacos at the Cancun stadium were homemade, vendors offered flan, fresh fruit and fried treasures that looked as though their beginnings were not from a frozen box…and the best part… no standing in line at the concession stand for a beer or cocktail, a bar on wheels rolls right to your seat.
With tickets priced from $30 to $90 pesos, baseball games at Beto Avila Stadium are an incredible value. The stadium is located in downtown Cancun and is easily accessible from the Hotel Zone by bus or taxi. Throughout the Summer, the Tigers invite tourists to come and experience some local sporting culture. Games are held in the evenings beginning at 8PM weekdays and 6PM weekends.