How to Get to a Professional Futbol (Soccer) Game in Lima
Futbol, or soccer, is the national sport of Peru so you can’t miss a game while you’re in town. I recently went to a game and found out the inside scoop on some of the teams, stadiums and how to get tickets.1. How can I find out when and where a game is being played?
- Look online for “Peru primera division tickets”. Sportslink.com, for example, shows the schedule.
- Ask at your friendly Pariwana Hostel front desk or travel desk.
- Grab a newspaper.
- Ask a few locals. Usually they know when the next major futbol game is on.
- Alianza Lima and Univeristario are two of the most popular teams and the biggest rivals.
- Universidad San Martin is a newer team that is also gaining popularity.
3. How to get there?
- Estadio Monumental “U” is probably the largest stadium in Lima boasting over 80,000 seats.
- It can be 30 minutes to an hour drive from Miraflores depending on traffic.
- Take a marked cab and share with friends if possible or inquire about local buses headed there.
- If you have a car, there is parking on site.
- Local tickets (tickets in the fun/crazy section): S./10- If you’re up for an excited crowd with the off chance of a fight, then this is the right choice for you. Make sure to wear the right colors.
- Preferencia tickets (for families/tourists): S./60 – This area attracts a more affluent and calmer crowd. Definitely the safe choice.
Read more: Leaving the tourist areas5. Tips for the game
- Leave valuables at your hostel, pickpockets abound.
- Try to go at least 30 minutes early to get a good seat in the middle.
- Bring a sweater for afternoon games going into the evening…it can get surprisingly cold.
- After the game, look out for drunk or rowdy fans fighting with the police and steer clear.