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Arena Mexico, Mexico City

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Arena México is an indoor arena in Mexico City, Mexico, located in the Colonia Doctores neighborhood in the Cuauhtémoc borough. The arena is primarily used for professional wrestling, or lucha libre, shows promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). The building is called the "cathedral of lucha libre". Arena México has a seating capacity of 16,500 when configured for professional wrestling or boxing events. The current building was completed in 1956, built by Salvador Lutteroth, owner of CMLL at the time and is the largest arena built specifically for wrestling. The building was used as the venue for the boxing competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics, and throughout the last half of the 20th century hosted several large boxing events.HistoryThe location on calle Doctor Lavista #203, Col. Doctores on the intersection of Dr.Rafael Lucio, Dr. Carmona and Valle, was originally an all-purpose arena called Arena Modelo. Arena Modelo was built in the 1910s or 1920s for boxing events. By the early 1930s the arena was abandoned until professional wrestling promoter Salvador Lutteroth began promoting wrestling, or Lucha libre events in Arena Modelo on September 21, 1933. For the next ten years it served as the main venue for Lutteroth's promotion Empressa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) until Lutteroth commissioned the construction of "Arena Coliseo" in Mexico City. After Arena Coliseo opened in 1943, Arena Model served as the location for EMLL's wrestling school. By 1953 even Arena Coliseo was too small for the crowds EMLL's shows were attracting, Lutteroth promised to "build the largest wrestling arena in the world" on the site of Arena Modelo and construction started not long after.
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  • A part of mexican culture. The luca libre is a must when in Mexico City. Now I've watched wrestling for years but never seen the luchadores in action. Main differences to WWE: Most of the fights we sa...  more »
  • My husband and I attended a 5 o'clock Sunday performance at the Arena Mexico . We were accompanied by our two grandchildren and their parents. The children are nine-year-old boy and a seven-year-old g...  more »
  • The most fun we had! Its wrestling at its finest. There's beer delivered to your seats along with tortas and chips. The wrestlers have amazing costumes. Its like WWE but better!!! 
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  • Just wow! Tons of fun!! Never been to wrestling before and this was just great. Tickets are not expensive at all. For 2 row from the ring, it was 210 pesos which was about $15. Beer was cheap. Tons of snacks that are around. Definitely get a mask!! The wrestlers were entertaining and very engaging with the audience. I will definitely come back when I bring my family and friends!
  • The place for lucha libre. Preferred the Friday lineup before the domingos familiares
  • This is the place for lucha libre. Intense atmosphere with free flowing beer and snacks to go along with chants and cheers. A special experience.
  • Maaximo maaaximo!! This is without fail or much ado, hands down the favorite event of all our friends visiting df. It's a wild scene, beers abundant, good service and energy in the crowd, and you can take home a sweet mascara, what more can you ask for?
  • It was a great experience to see lucha libre. You can buy good, cheap tickets at the door.