Monumental Bull Ring
The traditional art of bullfighting
is alive and well in Mexico. In fact, there are over 225 permanent bullrings
scattered around the country. You can witness the spectacle just across the
border from El Paso in Juarez at the Plaza Monumental Bulking on in the spring
Many people assume that bullfights are very unfair, that the bull always
loses (and dies). While this is usually true, about a quarter of bullfighters
will be severely injured at sometime in their careers.
Three matadors fight two bulls each during the entire match, which lasts
about two hours. Each fight can be first act, the bullfighter or torero or
some of his assistants, take a few passes at the bull to see how it behaves.
Then the picadors ride in on horses and push lances into the back of the bull.
During the second phase of the fight, the torero or an assistant will plant
three pairs of banderillas into the hump on the bull's back. Finally, the
torero asks the crowd for permission to kill the bull. He then has sixteen
minutes to do so or he heaves in shame.
Bullfights are held on the months of April through September. Ticket prices
at the Plaza Monumental in Juarez, range from $4 to $25. On hot days, spend
the extra money for tickets on the shady side of the arena. Plaza Monumental
is located at Paseo Triunfo de la Republica #4630, one block from the Rio
Grande Mall. Tickets can be purchased and optional transportation arrangements
from El Paso at Papa's Cantina, call 915-585-8965. Due to frequent changes,
please call Papa's Cantina for more information.
Lopez Mateos Charro (Rodeo) Ring
Located on Ave. del Charro.
Mexican rodeo events and "novilladas," bullfights with calves.
Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium
Primarily our beloved professional
soccer games are held here. Don't miss this if you are in town. Located on
Ave. Rafael Perez Serna.
Juarez Country Club
The main attraction is the
18-hole golf course, includes other sports facilities and a hall with
capacity for 1,500 people in the Country Club Residential area along Blvd.
Juarez Auto Race Track
Formula 3 auto races throughout
the year. Located about 12 miles out of town on the Pan American Highway.
La Jolla Auto Race Track
Further out on Pan American Highway,
the Int'l Formula 2 auto races are held here, which is the 2nd largest in Mexico.