I live a couple of hours from the Mexican border. I’ve never been to that country, however, and as the beginning of its Apertura 2006 professional soccer season looms in August, I’ve recently begun thinking about visiting and getting myself to a game while I’m at it–since I’ve also never been to a high-level professional men’s soccer game. So I found the Wikipedia article about the Mexican “Primera División”, looked up the league’s official website (dusting off the ol’ español skillsets), and calculated the distance from lovely San Diego to each city that hosts a first-division team. Unfortunately, they seem to be concentrated almost exclusively in the southeastern corner of Mexico (is that where all the TV money is or something?), with a small handful of strays that are still a couple of states south of Texas. There’s no possible way I can afford to fly down there (Expedia lists $439 as the best price to get from here to Torreón, site of the closest team, and that’s if I drive a couple hours north to LA first).
The best Tijuana team, in terms of being in the highest division, seems to be Dorados de Tijuana (founded in 2003!?). I don’t know anything about this team, Wikipedia doesn’t have an article, and I can’t find anything online about the team (their website, while fluff-free–unusual for a professional sports team–is also pretty much content-free as well) or the stadium (supposedly CREAD Stadium, whose returns no hits in English except for a useless Wikipedia article and its unofficial mirrors, and seemingly no relevant hits in Spanish). I can figure out how to get to Tijuana; hop on the trolley and walk over the border from the San Ysidro station, which seems to be about 1/5 mile away; or drive down to the border, park somewhere on the American side, and walk over; or even drive across if I’m feeling particularly sadistic and have a lot of time to kill…
But how do I get to a game once I’m there? Are there taxis or busses that go to the stadium? How much do they cost? How much do tickets, concessions, beer, etc. cost? Will I get stiffed on things because of my obvious American accent and look? How are the stadiums? How much does this vary among the teams? Will any of these things be better/worse/different if I somehow scrape up the money to go see a first-division team?
Thanks in advance!