Liga MX – Top 5 Largest Football Stadiums

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Although it was the English who brought soccer to the country, before the Spanish conquest, Mexicans were already passionate about a pre-Hispanic ball game that originated some 300 years before Christ and included confrontations between rivals and a ball that came and went within a field.  Although the game was a ritual ceremony, it was also played informally for the recreation of children or women. And these competitions were to be held in special areas that hosted both players and spectators.

Brief History

Mexican soccer, as we know it today, began to be practiced at the end of the 19th century, when a group of English people who came to Mexico to work as qualified technicians, engineers and workers in general, began to practice with a ball in their free time. This attracted the attention of some nationals who began to have interest in the game and later became fond of attending the games played by the British.

In 1898, in the city of Orizaba, in the State of Veracruz, the Orizaba Athletic Club was founded, a sports club for cricket and other track and field sports. Some members of the club began to practice soccer as well. Little by little, more participants gathered and the game became more and more popular. Finally in 1901, a Scottish city dweller named Duncan Macomish formed the football team.

In the same year, in the mining town of Real del Monte, in the State of Hidalgo, was formed Pachuca Athletic Club, with a clear English influence by all the British mining workers who formed the team. Shortly thereafter, in the capital of the Republic, the Mexico Cricket Club was born in 1901, the Reforma Athletic Club in 1902 and the British Club in the same year, the latter two formed exclusively by English people.

In 1902 the teams formed by the British organized a tournament and this made the game spread more quickly throughout the country, appearing representative teams of the different foreign colonies established in Mexico like the Real Club España, the Asturias, the Germania, the Amicale and others.

And so during the first decade of 1900, the history of Mexican soccer establishes the appearance of the first Mexican players, encouraging many young people of that time to introduce themselves in the organized sport, and imposing definitively the Mexican seal to the national soccer.

The Competitions

In 1902, the Mexican Amateur Football Association League was founded with 5 teams and in 1943 was born professional football in Mexico. In 1970, the first World Cup was held in Mexico, televised on a large scale, and in the 1970-71 season appeared the Liguilla .

Before the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the organization Liga MX / Ascenso MX was created, replacing  the Mexican Football Federation as the organizing body of the competition. 

The Stadiums

And with the competitions, the stadiums that will host the matches were built, designed structures for the spectators to  enjoy the sports event from any seat in the stadium.

Mexico has hosted the World Cup twice, in 1970 and in 1986, and has some historic football stadiums.

Here we mention the 5 largest football stadiums of the Mexican league that have witnessed great matches, incredible performances and feats now engraved in the collective memory of Mexican soccer history.

1. Azteca, in Tlalpan (Mexico City) 

Capacity: 87,523

Year: 1966

Is the largest stadium in Mexico and one of the 10 biggest in the world, located at an altitude of 2,200 m above sea level.

Local Teams: Club América, Cruz Azul and Mexico National Football Team. 

2. Olímpico Universitario, in Coyoacán (Mexico City) 

Capacity: 72,000

Year: 1952

It is the only one of the Olympic stadiums located in an area declared as World Cultural Heritage.

Local Team: Pumas UNAM and Pumas CU.


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3. Jalisco, in Guadalajara (Jalisco)

Capacity: 55,110

Year: 1960

Also called El Monumental, experts say its construction was inspired by the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

Local Team: Atlas F.C.,Leones Negros UdeG and Deportivo CAFESSA Jalisco. 

4. BBVA, in Guadalupe (Nuevo León)

Capacity: 53,500

Year: 2015

Nicknamed The Steel Giant, it is the most modern of the largest stadiums, located in a place of which one thirds of the area is green. The construction was full of controversy since it was accused to be an apparent impediment to wildlife growth on a local scale.

Local Team: C.F. Monterrey

5. Cuauhtémoc, in Puebla City (Puebla) 

Capacity: 51,726

Year: 1968

It is the first and only stadium in all Latin America to have a facade totally covered with ETFE plastic and is considered to be an innovation in textile design and sports architecture.

Local Team: Club Puebla.

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