Mexican Baseball Fiesta – A Quality Cultural Event For Years in Tucson
The Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta began in 2011 in Tucson. This international event completed its eighth year in 2018. 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 2019 we will welcome six teams from the Mexican Pacific League (Liga Mexicana Del Pacifico) and the Mesa Solar Sox from the Arizona Fall League. The Solar Sox are made up of the top prospects of the Cubs, Indians, A’s, Angels, and Tigers. The Mexican teams include the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de
Obregon, Aguilas de Mexicali, Tomateros de Culiacan, Mayos de Navojoa, and the Cañeros de Los Mochis. This is the most LMP teams in the Tucson tournament in our history. The Naranjeros de Hermosillo are one of the most popular and successful teams in the Mexican 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 the last two years on both Friday and Saturday night in front of over 9,000 fans at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. Ticket prices at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium range from $6 to $15. The MBF website is www.MexicanBaseballFiesta.com.
The Mexican Baseball Fiesta has grown throughout Arizona. In 2019, the “Fiesta” will play additional gamesin Las Vegas, Mesa (Sloan Park – Spring Training Home of the Chicago Cubs), Douglas, and Nogales.
Visit Tucson has been instrumental in the success of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta in Tucson. Past ticket sales indicate that about 20 percent of the crowd is from Mexico. A few years ago Visit Tucson did an economic impact study of the event. It was determined from just the hospitality side to be over $1.5 million to our economy. Because of Visit Tucson’s established presence south of the border as Vamos 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 ninth 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 three major sponsors of the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta. Desert Diamond Casino, and Vantage West are 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 and economy.
For more information contact Mike Feder, President of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta LLC, at (520) 954-8803 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.