The ball game in pre-Hispanic civilizations was not just a sporting event, it was also of cultural, political and economic significance. For three thousand years, this ancestral practices gave an identity to Mexicans.
The Mesoamerican Ball Game, known as Ulamaztli, will be held in Teotihuacán starting today, and seeks to highlight the importance of preserving the Mexican roots. Male and female players from Chiapas, Sonora, Tabasco, and Yucatan, as well as Sonora, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Tabasco and Quintana Roo will participate.
The second edition of the National Mesoamerican Ballgame Championship, organized by Teotihuacán’s Magic Nights, aims to reproduce the ancestral sport, which was originally made up of two teams with two to four members on average, who knocked a stone ball with their hips around the court.
Currently this game is still played in Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Baja California Sur, Nayarit, Hidalgo, Guadalajara, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas and Quintana Roo, although also internationally in France, Spain, Sweden , Switzerland, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, among others.
The games takes place in the sports hall Braulio Romero, five minutes from the archaeological zone of Teotihuacán, offering ball tournaments, collective music therapy sessions, dance shows, temazcales, energy guides and harmonizations, as well as camping areas. Tickets are $120 to $190 pesos.