Even regional soccer matches are serious business in Mexico as we found out in Veracruz.

The Tiburones stadium in Veracruz, Mexico–refreshing to go to a stadium that hasn’t been co-opted by a corporation.

As we pulled up to the Hotel Playa (one of the best budget accommodations in Veracruz) we immediately bumped into Juan, the hotel’s owner. He kindly gave us two tickets to see the local soccer team, the Tiburones Rojos (red sharks), take on the Cancun’s Atlante team that evening.


Tiburones fans just want to bang on the drum all day. And they do.

Despite the fact that we had nothing red to wear, we took him up on his offer. Giant cups of beer and the fans who form bands in the stands ensued. Tip: don’t chose a bleecher seat directly in front of one of these horn-and-drum noise-making machines. They’re very enthusiastic. Sadly, the Tiburones lost anyway.

Check out the bands in the stands and some Mexican soccer in our video, below.


Here’s more about travel in Mexico


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