The 10th Annual Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta presented by Vantage West and Visit Tucson will return to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium following the COVID-19 hiatus in 2020 from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3.
This year’s event will include four Mexican Pacific League (Liga Mexicana Del Pacifico) teams.
They are Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Aguilas de Mexicali and Mayos de Navojoa.
Hermosillo and Obregon have participated all nine years. Mexican Baseball Fiesta will also take place tentatively in Las Vegas and the Phoenix area at Sloan Park in Mesa with another stadium in the works. Ongoing discussions with Nogales and Douglas are being held.
The popular Sonoran band La Brissa will perform at the Mexican Baseball Fiesta following the doubleheader on Oct. 1.
With only four days of pre-promotion the Mexican Baseball Fiesta 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 Pacific League is as popular in Mexico as Major League Baseball is in the U.S., if not more so,” said Mexican Baseball Fiesta founder and partner Francisco Gamez in a press release. “Last year was a tough year. We missed putting on the Fiesta but we promise bigger and better things in 2021.
“The energy of the fans, the music, the food, and fun make this a unique experience for all baseball fans.”
Gamez played over 10 years in the Mexican Pacific League as well as in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
He joined longtime Tucson sports figure Mike Feder to form the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, LLC, in 2011.
“The Vamos A Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta has become one of the top entertainment/baseball events on the Tucson calendar,” Mike Feder, President of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, said in the release. “The word Fiesta best describes our event – A PARTY! We believe the Fiesta is the largest Hispanic sporting event in Tucson every year. The MBF has also had a significant economic impact in Pima County. Visit Tucson calculated our three week effort generates over $1.5 million to our community when you add in hotel rooms, meals, concession purchases, mall purchases, payroll, and more.”
Tickets for the Mexican Baseball Fiesta will go on sale in Mid-August online at www.MexicanBaseballFiesta.com.
Advance ticket prices will once again be box seats priced at $15 and general admission for adults at $10. Tickets for kids (ages 6-16) are $6. Day of game tickets for box seats are $20, and general admission for adults are $15.
Tickets will also be on sale at the Kino Stadium box office two weeks before the first game as well as other local locations to be announced.
The full tournament schedule will be released in the next few weeks. The popular rivalry game between Hermosillo and Obregon will once again be the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday. That game has drawn in excess of 5,000 fans every year.