Club: Cruz Azul AC | Opening: 1947 | Capacity: 35,161 seats
History and description
Estadio Azul was originally built for American football purposes, but soon after it had opened in 1947, Club América moved in and stayed at the ground until 1955.
During its existence Estadio Azul also hosted Necaxa for five years in the 1950s, and Atlante for several intermittent periods until 2002. From 1983 to 1996 the stadium was therefore called Estadio Azulgrana, after the club colours of Atlante.
Most of these clubs switched between Estadio Azul and Estadio Azteca. In 1996 it was Cruz Azul who made the move to the Estadio Azul, having played the previous two decades at the Azteca.
Over the years, several minor renovations have been made to Estadio Azul, however no major changes.
Estadio Azul is located toward the south-west of Mexico City, about 8 kilometres from the city’s historic centre and about 3 kilometres south from popular nightlife area Condesa.
The stadium lies one block off Avenida Insurgentes, one of the city’s principal avenues.
The closest metro station is San Antonio, which lies a 10-minute walk away from the stadium. Metro San Antonio is on the orange line 7, which runs in the west of the city and can be reached via a transfer at Tacubaya station further north. Both lines 1 (pink) and 9 (brown) connect with line 7 at Tacubaya.
The stadium can also be reached with the bright red buses of the modern metrobus system. Line 1 runs all the way down Avenida Insurgentes and can be boarded in popular areas such as the Zona Rosa and Condesa. Take the bus in southern direction and get off at stop Ciudad de los Deportes. It is only a few minutes walking from there.
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Eat, drink, and sleep
Estadio Azul is located just off the large Insurgentes Avenue in a generally well-off area. Insurgentes is lined with many modern bars and restaurants, the generic chain restaurants, as well as cheaper fast food joints, which provides for plenty of options before or after the match.
There are two hotels located within a few blocks of the stadium. Hotel Diplomatico is reasonably priced (app. US$55.00) and gets good reviews. Hotel El Greco is somewhat cheaper, but still lack reviews.
There are a few more hotels further north along Insurgentes near the World Trade Center, most a little or much more expensive. If you need something cheaper, this or this hostel in the slightly upscale Condesa nightlife area might be good options. This means quite a walk to the stadium though, or catching the metrobus or metro.
There are many more hotels further north along Insurgentes, in particular around Reforma Avenue and the Zona Rosa nightlife area. From here, getting to the stadium with the metrobus is also very quick and easy.
Tickets can also be bought at the ticket counters (taquillas) at the stadium before the start of the match. Cruz Azul only very occasionally sells out a high-profile match.
Ticket prices depend on the opponent. For a regular league match these typically range from MX$70.00 for a seat high up in the stadium (General) to MX$130.00 for the seats closest to the pitch (Platea or Dorada). For high-profile matches these prices are increased to between MX$150.00 and MX$290.00.
Relevant Internet links
Cruz-azul.com.mx – Official website of Cruz Azul AC.
Mexicocity.gob.mx – Official website of the Mexico City tourism agency.
Metrobus.df.gob.mx – Website of the Metrobus transportation system.
Metro.df.gob.mx – Website of the Mexico City metro.