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Arena Mexico, Mexico City

Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
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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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  • Hilarious, obviously the fights are fake, but is a 100% Mexican experience that you must not miss. :) 
  • A good opportunity to feel and experience Mexican culture. The joy of the public together with the fighters are part of the show
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  • We went with the children and we passed beautifully, it's entertaining and a good overview. My 14-year-old spoke with masks and it brought by lot to Chile.
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  • 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?
  • The luchadores were very entertaining. The only downside was the vendors get in the way when one is trying to watch the lucha.
  • Go here to see the "Luchas" fighting for that authentic Mexican experience. Parking is a nightmare
  • Best lucha libre in the world! It is 3 hours of non stop fun. Ring side tickets are, roughly $15.00 USD.
  • Lucha libre wrestling. US3$ cheap seats, several tourists there. 6 matches in 2.5 hours. Bought tickets at venue, US13$ seats near ring were sold out. Good fun. Big screen has replays of moves. Bought masks from strolling vendor for US6$ each. Safe 10 min. walk from metro.
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