There is a professional baseball team in Mazatlán called the Venados (aka. Deers).
They play in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP) 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 are lots of activities going on before each 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.
In the 2022 season, the Venados lost in the 1st round of the playoffs to Hermosillo. In the 2019-2020 season the Venados lost in game#7 of the championship series...1 game from winning the Mexican League! They didn't fare as well in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons.
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 have had Mexican wrestling pre-game in the courtyard.
The Mexican Pacific League (LMP) (Liga Mexicana del Pacific0) consists of 10 teams:
The regular season runs from October through December. Playoffs take place in January. The winner advances as Mexico's entry to the Caribbean Series.
The league started in 1945 by Mazatlan's Teodoro Mariscal, for whom the Mazatlan Stadium is named!
Due to covid, the best way is to purchase tickets online now. Tickets are for a section. Some of the seats are taped off for social distancing.
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) or better. 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 hosted the series in 2021! This year included Panama and Columbia to the series!
The 2024 Caribbean Series will take place on February 1, 2024 to February 9, 2024 in Miami, Florida. This year will be the 66th year of the series!
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 festive! 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.