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Only 40 percent of Azteca capacity sold for Mexico vs. Panama

Oct 10, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

Mexico fans react during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Honduras in Mexico City Reuters

Judging by the ticket numbers, Mexican fans are taking their team’s loss to the United States and floundering hopes for World Cup qualification pretty seriously. Ahead of Mexico’s final home match in the Hexagonal, on Friday against fellow fourth-place contender Panama, only 40 percent of Estadio Azteca’s capacity has been sold.

That means more than 60,000 seats remain available in the 104,000-capacity stadium, according to La Afición. For the last home match, against Honduras, 100,000 fans walked through the gates, despite the team’s dire situation.

The 2-1 loss, followed by another 2-0 defeat to the United States at Columbus Crew Stadium, led to a dearth of interest in attending Friday’s game. Tickets went on sale Sept. 23, just a couple weeks after those disastrous results, and fans clearly still have a bitter recollection of their team’s performances.

Mexico sits behind Panama in fifth place right now, trailing on goals scored, but El Tri could climb as high as third with wins over Panama and Costa Rica in its final two matches. After playing Mexico, Panama goes home to host the U.S. in a tough must-win game to close the Hexagonal, while Honduras, currently in third place, plays against Costa Rica and at Jamaica.

El Tri still has everything to play for, but perhaps its fans are less confident.

  1. overtherepermanently - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Too bad. That is 60,000 people who won’t be booing.

    • dfstell - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      You beat me to it. If that stadium is full and they don’t score for the first 20 minutes or so, it could get really ugly down there.

      I’m rooting for the dumpster fire to continue.

  2. grandpatilo - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Excuse my IGNORANCE I’m a little VIEJITO in need of HELP!!!
    At what time is the END OF WORLD game between the following national teams:


    AYYAYAI, the spanish media has been saying that they will have LOS ESPAÑOLES, LOS BRASILEÑOS, LOS ARGENTINOS, and LOS MEJICANOS…. “NO COMPRENDE” is that so, much hate for the:



    PLEASE, HELP!!!!!

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