In a rough neighborhood on the far south side of Mexico City, a concrete colossus sprawls amid the foothills that ring the metropolis. Like the nearby volcanoes, it is usually dormant, cold and quiet, but echoes from past eruptions reverberate down the dusty streets and through the far-off valleys.
“The Colossus of Santa Ursula” is Estadio Azteca. The soccer matches of the 1968 Olympics were played here. The finals of the World Cup have been played here — twice. Pele has played here. Diego Maradona scored the fabled “Hand of God” goal here. Paul McCartney and U2 have played here, and Michael Jackson packed the house five nights running. Julio Cesar Chavez has boxed here for a crowd of more than 130,000 fans.
Saturday afternoon, 6 Oct 2012, archrivals Club America and Chivas Guadalajara took the pitch for a hundred and five thousand screaming partisans. Two of those fans were wide-eyed gringos from Austin, Texas. Our minds were completely blown.
Mexico City is a FABULOUS place, although it has its challenges. It is 7300 feet above sea level, so any staircase will leave you winded. It is the 2d or 3d largest city in the world. Many of its 21 million inhabitants are very poor, and a few of them think that tourists are fair prey, so you should be as cautious as you would be in any big city.
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pajaran (52614) 2013-02-08 23:51
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good text with a given data ...
Nice view and a moment ...
A good time recording, contrast, perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nice revealed.
All the best for the weekend.
claudeD (33234) 2013-07-08 4:04
as a football fan I are visiting matches here in Europ and I always try to realize panoramic shots like this one which is perfect.Interesing note.Very good contribution to TE.Very well done.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
jcpix (13688) 2013-10-14 19:56
Wow, what a perspective...this is awesome! I've seen this many a time on t.v., and have come away with a fairly decent idea of it's size, but this really drives it home!
An instance where being that far removed from the action pays off...even if you are completely winded from the climb. :) I can only imagine the electric atmosphere being surrounded by so many other fans, the sensation of being there in person is felt with this shot.
Tough light coming in, but you've done well to keep everything in check that vital to the stadium and crowd. Too bad you get the forehead of the person on the right, but it's virtually unavoidable in a setting like this. Besides, it the experience, vibe and view of it all that's important.
Would love to see a match here myself some time. I'm jealous! :) Thanks for sharing the view...and a touch of the vertigo! lol Take it easy.
Miguel82 (24265) 2013-10-26 4:32
What a great memory Russ, one of the biggest stadium of the world in capacity of spectators in the biggest city of the world, excellent point from the curve of the mythic Azteca of Mexico, good dof, a clear shot, have a good saturday
Noel_Byrne (24852) 2014-08-27 9:06
Great shot of this fascinating light, it's unusual to see a display of heavenly light like this in a stadium, so very cool combination.the sense of scale in this gigantic stadium is apparent too.
P.S. I also wanted to dr in to say thanks too, I am visiting some coastal towns in co cork at the moment, and there are seafront sculptures, your recent posts from Mexico have made me look at them in a very different wy, do I hope I will have captured some less conentional images of them!
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (2000)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-06
- Categories: Event
- Exposure: f/2.4
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): soccer,football, Panoramas 4 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-08 7:38