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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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  • The upside to going at 5pm on a Sunday is you get great seats from the box office and it's still a great show. With a crowd at night I am sure it would have even more atmosphere but then you have to g...  more »
  • A person told me that there was a couchsurfing event for this bi-weekly. I happened to be in Mexico City that Friday, so I reached out to the organizer. There were 10 of us that ended up meeting up at...  more »
  • I went on a Friday night to meet to some new friends I met on a tour earlier. Tip, there are many seats in the arena, so no need to get a tour for this, and you will be sitting in a special section, t...  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic! Get your tickets from the box office on the east side of the building and avoid scalpers for the best price. The action is thrilling! Individual cerveza and food vendors will serve you in your seat so there's no need to miss any of the amazing acrobatic fighting.
  • This place is awesome. Although I think we saw one of the wrestlers die. Lol. It was great.
  • Visited in order to watch lucha libre. Overall a nice show and one of those things you do once in a lifetime. Tickets can be purchased at the venue and during the show there are tons of people selling food and drinks. FOR THE TOURISTS: this neighborhood is regarded as dangerous so be careful after the show when you make your way out.
  • Very enjoyable show. Highly recommend getting front rows seats if possible.
  • An amazing cultural experience! Great energy and a family atmosphere. So much fun!!