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.
Unfortunately the Venados lost their 2017-2018 season 1st round playoff series to the Aquilas of Mexicali so their season is officially over!
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.
There is a little food fair mall under the stands at the stadium. Here you can get tacos, pizza, beer, and other food! During the game, there are many beer and liquor vendors as well as food vendors of all sorts. The hot dogs they sell are cut up and have various seasonings!
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.
The winning team of the Mexican Pacific League plays in the Caribean Series. The Caribean series is an annual tournament of the best club baseball teams in Latin America. It includes the best club teams from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. In 2016, the Venados won the Caribean Series for the second time. The Venados swept all their games in the tournament which was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Venados also won the Caribean Series in 2005 when the tournament was held in Mazatlán.
As of Fall 2017, they are renovating the stadium. During the 2017-2018 season, they will be renovating the outfield side of the stadium. When the season is over in February 2018, they will renovate the front side of the stadium. During renovations, the main entrance is about 100 feet to the left of ticket windows when facing the front of the stadium.
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.
We recommend that you buy tickets on the Venados side of the stadium in sections 10-13. Sections 10 and 11 are all or partially behind netting but more behind home plate. Section 12 is not behind netting and is along the 1st base line. The stadium is fairly small so most seats are reasonable. Tickets in 2017-2018 in these sections are MX$200 pesos (about US$12). We are not sure if they take credit cards so we recommend that you pay in cash.
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. There are about 20 rows in each section. Rows 10-15 are pretty good. So, to request 2 seats near section 12, row 10, you could say: quiero dos asientos cerca seccion doce, fila 10.
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 Mazatlán baseball team plays in the Estadio Teodoro Mariscal which is a 14,000 seat 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. More specifically, the stadium is in the "stadium" neighbourhood (Frac. Estadio). The address is: Justo Sierra, Estadio, 82140.
To get to the stadium, you can take the Sabalo Centro bus and walk a few block. Get off the bus at the first stop light south of Fiestaland (the castle). Walk down the cross street at the light. Go until you hit the next main street then turn right. The stadium is a couple of blocks to the right (south). You should see the stadium lights in the distance to the left. You can also take a pulmonia or taxi to the game.
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.