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Surviving Estadio Azteca: Tips for Taking Toddlers to a Soccer Game in Mexico City's Iconic Stadium

If you're a soccer fan, visiting the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City is a must-do experience. This iconic stadium is the third largest soccer stadium in the world and has a rich history of hosting major soccer events. But what if you're traveling with toddlers? Is it possible to enjoy a soccer game with little ones in tow? The answer is yes! Here are some tips for attending a soccer game in Estadio Azteca with toddlers.

  1. Choose the right seating When purchasing tickets for the game, be sure to choose seats that are comfortable for your little ones. Look for seats that are in the shade and have easy access to restrooms and concession stands. It's also a good idea to choose seats that are close to the aisle in case you need to make a quick exit with your toddler.

  2. Pack snacks and drinks While there are plenty of food and drink options available at the stadium, bringing your own snacks and drinks can be a lifesaver when traveling with toddlers. Pack some easy-to-eat snacks like fruit, crackers, and granola bars, as well as plenty of water to keep your little ones hydrated.

  3. Bring headphones or earplugs Soccer games can be loud, and the noise level can be overwhelming for young children. Bring headphones or earplugs to protect your toddler's ears and make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.

  4. Bring distractions Soccer games can be long, and toddlers have short attention spans. Bring some distractions like books, toys, a tablet, or coloring books to keep your little ones entertained during breaks in the game.

  5. Take breaks as needed If your toddler is getting restless or needs a break, don't be afraid to take a break from the game. Take a walk around the stadium or find a quiet spot to sit and rest for a few minutes before returning to the game.

  6. Plan ahead for transportation Getting to and from the stadium can be a challenge, especially with toddlers. Plan ahead for transportation, whether it's taking a taxi, Uber, or public transportation. Although a stroller may make the entrance easier, climbing the stadium and getting through the seats can be challenging as it is on your own, more so with a stroller. However, I recommend getting to the stadium a bit earlier to beat the crazy crowds.

Things to consider:

  • Food may be expensive and not too many options for toddlers: make sure to go well fed before and bring enough snacks and drinks for the kids.

  • Long lines: the food and drink lines are very long and will make it difficult to stand in with toddlers.

  • The bathrooms: bathrooms are far apart and the lines are very long. This is important to consider when you have potty training toddlers or need to change diapers.

  • The weather: Mexico City has some warmer days and some very cold days. Sometimes the stadium is cold so take a jacket or a small blanket for your kids. For more ideas on things to do in Mexico City, read Discovering the Wonders of Mexico City With Toddlers: A Family Guide.

  • What is allowed: you may bring a diaper bag that will be checked through security. You can take snacks, drinks, a change of clothes, diapers, and entertainment for the kids.

  • Wear comfortable shoes: the stadium is very large and walking anywhere (the restroom, concession stands, and transportation for beginning and end). Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for yourself and your kids as you may end up carrying them for long distances and through crowds of people.

  • Game times: the games are usually in the afternoon around 4 or 6 PM and end fairly late. My toddlers are usually asleep by 7:30 PM so the game will definitely interrupt their bed time. Make sure you plan the next day accordingly to ensure your kids don‘t have to wake up early the next day. Plan to go straight home and put the little ones to bed after the game.

Attending a soccer game in Estadio Azteca with toddlers is possible with a little bit of planning and preparation. By choosing the right seating, bringing snacks and distractions, and planning ahead for transportation, you can make the experience enjoyable for the whole family. So grab your jerseys, pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable soccer experience in Mexico City!

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