There is a professional baseball team in Mazatlán called the Venados. They play in the Mexican Pacific League which is a small league which plays from October to December with playoffs in January. The teams are comprised of mainly Mexican players with an allowance of a few foreign players per team. It is a lot of fun to go to a baseball game in Mazatlán.
There is lots of activities going on during the games. There are many different sets of cheerleaders: venados, telcel, etc. that are cheering. There is the team mascot, Venny, who is hillarious, doing his act on the field. The giant screen does the kiss cam, and shows people in the crowd. There is so much going on you can sometimes be distracted from the baseball game!
It is completely safe to go to a Venados baseball game in Mazatlán. Many foreign residents of Mazatlán have season's tickets and go to the games.
January 17, 2019 UPDATE: The Venados were eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs by the Guadalaja Charros tonight. So, unfortunately, the Venados season is finished.
2018 Update: The Surf's Up Cafe has an offer for people buying seasons tickets to sit in an English speaking section right behind the dug out and first base! They will be selling baseball munchies right in that section. A portion of the seasons ticket price will go to charity. More details here: Surf's Up Cafe on the Events page.
There are various theme nights throughout the season. For example, they have fireworks nights, sunday family games, band nights, 3 for 2 tickets and 3 free beers promotion nights, thursday ladies night, and happy hours. Some games, they will have Mexican wrestling pre-game in the courtyard.
The other teams in the league are: Caneros de Los Mochis, Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Tomateros de Culiacan, Aquilas de Mexicali, Charros de Jalisco, and Mayos de Navojoa.
Most of the Venados games do not sell out so we recommend that you just buy tickets at the box office prior to the game. You can also purchase tickets after 11am at the box office at the stadium on game days. The box office, i.e. ticket window, is located directly in front of the stadium. The left line is for ticket sales. The other lines are for will-call.
Usually the person at the ticket booth doesn't speak english so it is good to request a section and row. Section is seccion, row is fila. So, to request 2 seats near section 12, row 10, you could say: quiero dos asientos cerca seccion doce, fila diez.
Note that they do NOT sell tickets at the Venados store in the Golden Zone.
The photo shows the 2018 regular season prices for the Venados. Playoff prices are slightly higher.
The Mazatlán baseball team is called the Venados (i.e. Deers in English).
The Venados play in the Mexican Pacific league (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico)(LMP). This winter league runs from October to December with playoffs in January.
The level of play is about triple A (AAA). Each team is allowed a couple of foreigners. Usually these are players that are on the cusp of making a Major League Baseball team. These guys have to produce or they are cut and replaced very quickly! This adds to the level of play!
The winning team of the Mexican Pacific league (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico)(LMP) gets to play in the Caribbean Series. The Caribbean Series is a tournament for the best club teams from Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.
Mazatlán won this series in 2005 and 2016! Mazatlan will host the series in 2021!
The 2019 Caribbean Series will take place from February 2, 2019 to February 8, 2019 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Note that this could change depending on the political situation there.
The 2020 Caribbean Series will take place in Puerto Rico, and in 2022 in the Dominican Republic.
The Mazatlán baseball team, the Venados, plays in the Teodoro Mariscal Stadium which is a 16,000 seat newly-rebuilt stadium. The stadium is located a few blocks off of the Malecon (Avenida del Mar) and a few long blocks south of Fiestaland (castle). You can actually see the stadium from the Malecon. So, it is near to the Golden Zone.
The atmosphere is great! There is lots of beer and food being sold by vendors. They have a mascot named Venny which is a deer who is hillarious! I would recommend going to the baseball game for an inexpensive and entertaining evening out.