Lucha Libre in Mexico City

It turns out there are two places to see lucha libre in Mexico City: Arena Mexico, which was blogged about here, and Arena Coliseo.  Arena Coliseo, it turns out, seems to be a much better venue for las luchas that Arena Mexico; it’s smaller and places you a bit more on top of the “action,” and is cheaper, too, with the “best” seats going for about $10/140MXN.  Now, of course, it’s lucha libre, so it’s silly, over-the-top on the melodrama, and impossible to follow, but for the price, it makes an interesting excursion for visitors.  Plus, the beers are cheap.

Matches are usually held Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8:30pm, and Sundays at 5pm (and as they’re on TV, they last exactly two hours).  The matches vary between the two locations here, so, before going, it’s best to check it out here: (en español).


México, D.F.

The Mexican Cola Wars

I was speaking to the owner of an abarrotes, or corner convenience store, yesterday and asked him how he chooses which products to sell.  For example, he stocks Coca-Cola (not Pepsi), Ciel water (not Bonafont), and only Indio and Sol beers (as opposed to any of the other myriad of brands).  It turns out that all of the beverage products that he stocks are distributed or owned by the same conglomerate, FEMSA, which has an exclusivity contract with the store.  In return for not stocking competing products, FEMSA pays for all of the store’s equipment (several stand-up refrigerator units, the counter and the registers, the shelves, and even the store’s awning and advertising) plus the store’s rent(!).  

Want to own a convenience store?  All you need is a few employees and to purchase your stock — not much of an investment.  Perhaps this is why there are 5 abarrotes located less than a 1/2 block from my apartment.


México, D.F.