2018 Mexican Baseball Fiesta – A Quality Cultural Event in Tucson
TheVamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta began in 2011 in Tucson. This international event completed its seventh year in 2017. It involves a partnership with the Liga Mexicana Del Pacifico (LMP) or translated to the Mexican Winter League. The event is operated by Mike Feder, 30-year minor league general manager (15 years in Tucson) and President of the MBF, and Francisco Gamez, founder and partner of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta. Gamez played 10 years in the Mexican Pacific League.
For those not familiar with the Mexican Winter League, it is as popular in Mexico as the MLB is in the “states”. At our MBF games there is electricity in the air, music playing all the time, mascots on the field, fans dancing in the stands, tacos and tortas instead of hot dogs and peanuts, and a lot of people leaving the games with big smiles! Fans follow their teams with such fierce loyalty and pass the love of the game on from generation to generation. It’s not uncommon to see three generations of families enjoying a game together…all wearing the team jerseys.
In 2017 we welcomed four teams from the Mexican Pacific League and the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball Future Stars back to Tucson (Kino Stadium) for the seventh straight year. The Mexican teams included theNaranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Aguilas de Mexicali, and the Cañeros de Los Mochis. The Naranjeros de Hermosillo are one of the most popular and successful teams in theMexican Pacific League, having won 16 league titles and two Caribbean Series title. The Naranjeros won the Caribbean Series title in 2014. The Yaquis de Obregon won three consecutive Mexican Pacific League Championships (2011 – 2013), giving the team seven in club history. The long rivalry between both teams will make for an intense matchup, games between the Naranjeros and Yaquis are considered to be the best in the league (think Yankees vs. Red Sox.) They played each other in 2017 on both Friday and Saturday night in front of over 9,000 fans at Kino Stadium.
Ticket prices at Kino Stadium range from $6 to $15. The MBF website is www.MexicanBaseballFiesta.com. The Mexican Baseball Fiesta has grown throughout Arizona. In 2017, additional games were in Las Vegas, Mesa (Sloan Park – Spring Training Home of the Chicago Cubs), Douglas, San Luis, and Nogales.
Visit Tucson has been instrumental in the success of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta in Tucson. Past ticket sales
indicate that about 30 percent of the crowd is from Mexico and in 2013, the estimated economic impact of the event was determined to be $1.5 million. Because of Visit Tucson’s established presence south of the border asVamos a Tucson, we are able to market this unique event directly to the Mexican traveler to draw
them here for that one weekend in October. We have event information available at the Vamos a Tucson Visitor Centers in the northern cities of Hermosillo and Obregon, where potential visitors can also purchase event tickets, book a hotel room, find information on area attractions and seek out shopping deals and
retail specials. “We’re excited to partner with this great event for the fifth year to bring Mexican baseball back to Tucson,” said Felipe Garcia, Executive Vice President of Visit Tucson. “The popularity of this event continues to grow and we are proud to be a part of something that both locals and visitors look forward to every October. Over 1,800 hotel room nights were booked last year.” Visit Tucson is one of two four major sponsors of the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta. Cox Communications, Desert Diamond Casino, and Vantage West were the other ones.
The popularity of this event continues to grow and we are proud to be a part of something that both locals and visitors look forward to every year. Attendance is at an all-time high. ,The Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta is the true definition of a quality cultural event and a boon to our community.
For more information contact Mike Feder, President of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta LLC, at (520) 954-8803 or by e-mail at email@example.com.