Mexican Baseball Fiesta – A Quality Cultural Event
The Vamos A Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta, presented by Vantage West and Visit Tucson, will return to Tucson for it’s 10th season in September 2021. The Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta began in 2011 in Tucson. This international event completed its ninth year in 2019 and then shut down operations in 2020 due to Covid 19 health restrictions. The MBF involves a partnership with the Liga ARCO Mexicana Del Pacifico (LMP) or translated to the Mexican Winter League who journeys to the US for their version of “Spring Training”. The event is operated by Mike Feder, 30-year minor league general manager (15 years in Tucson) as 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, authentic Mexican food like 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 of their favorite team.
In 2021 we will welcome four teams from the Mexican Pacific League (Liga ARCO Mexicana Del
Pacifico). The Mexican teams include the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Aguilas de Mexicali, and Mayos de Navojoa. 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’ve played each other the last few years on both Friday and Saturday night in front of over an average of 5,000 fans at Kino Stadium. Ticket prices at Kino Stadium range from $6 to $15. The MBF website is www.MexicanBaseballFiesta.com.
Music is a major part of our event. At least two live bands perform every day. It’s not just
following the games but also during the games…just like it’s done at the Mexican Winter League games! The Vamos A Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta is excited to announce the return of La
Brissa following the Friday doubleheader on October 1 st . This highly popular Sonoran band
performed following the Thursday game in 2019. With only four days of pre-promotion the MBF
drew 5,670 fans in 2019. La Brissa has gained a strong fan base in their homeland and in the
southwest U.S. with their unique, modern Cumbias and rancheras music.
The Mexican Baseball Fiesta has grown throughout Arizona. In 2019, the “Fiesta” was also
played in Las Vegas, Mesa (Sloan Park – Spring Training Home of the Chicago Cubs), Douglas,
and Nogales. This year the Fiesta has expanded in the Valley, adding Maryvale, the Brewers
Spring Training Home, with a fourth date.
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 that the MBF
generates over $1.5 million to our local 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 weekend in September / October. We
will have event information available at the Vamos a Tucson Visitor Centers in Hermosillo and
Obregon. “We’re excited to partner with this great event for the 10th 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 in
2018.” 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 email@example.com.