Toros of Tijuana.
In Mexico, baseball is a very different game. On the diamond, it is the same rules, but in the stadium, it is a world of difference. Each game is a party full of color, intensity, passion and non-stop excitement. This amazing celebration can be found regularly at the Gasmart Stadium in Tijuana where the Toros of Tijuana, a Mexican League baseball team, call home.
Now in the midst of their season that goes through August, the Toros of Tijuana owned by the Uribe family once again are showing their domination of the league- boasting the second best attendance in the entire country of Mexico delighting sold out games throughout the season. The games are seen in person by thousands of fans and reach millions as they are broadcast live throughout Mexico, United States and Puerto Rico. No one is left out of the fun- each game has the presence of a sign language interpreter for the benefit of the deaf community!
If you have never been to one of the games- imagine the excitement: live bands and percussion corps, cheerleaders, mascots doing acrobatics in the stands, a thunderous sound system, the third largest video screen in Latin America, an outfield zone where you (or the chefs) can barbecue your own dinner, a kids’ zone with games, food stands, bars in every section of the seats, mechanical bulls… and the list goes on! The game is only half the spectacle, as multiple bands throughout the stadium take over after the players hit their ball and perform literally, until the last fan goes home in the early morning. All of this, plus the best fans in Mexico and you have the perfect environment that just cannot be experienced at any baseball park in the United States.
The success of the Toros extends off the field as they use their strong national presence as leaders and role models to do social work in the community carried out by the players, mascots and staff. They regularly contribute to the development of the City of Tijuana and help create jobs and opportunities. They also contribute to charitable organizations not only in Tijuana such as Eunime, but to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, as they recognize all the good these organizations do for children on both sides of the border. They participate in various campaigns such as the fight against breast cancer, food drives and retirement home visits. They regularly invite the less fortunate to enjoy the games and they are given a free ticket, transportation and even refreshments!