Pay the extra money and get a seat in the front row. General admission is $15, but it’s more than worth the $40 to be so close you flinch when the Mexican wrestlers get thrown against the flimsy steel gate separating you from them. You can actually smell the stench of the old costumes and see the trickles of blood rolling down the fighters’ chests from fake moves gone wrong.
And buy the beer. Get buzzed and join the chants whether you understand what the crowd is saying or not.
Throw a lime or two when the bad guys come out. If you have a full beer, you can throw that, too. It’s all part of the fun of the Lucha Libre fights held at Auditorio Tijuana on various Friday nights throughout the summer.
How do you know when the fights are happening? I have no clue. Me and the rest of the Tijuanenses get to enjoy the hand-painted signs advertising the fights that get hung along Ague Caliente and the rest of the city a week before the match.
If you’re a gringo planning to come down, get there early to buy your ticket. If the luchadores are popular, the shows will sell out.
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