Play ball!—in downtown Mexico City
Ballcourts were common across Mesoamerica for nearly 3,000 years, with subsequent cultures revising and adapting the court and the game’s rules. While Aztec ruins have long been discovered in Mexico City—the Spanish colonial city was founded on the site of an Aztec city, it is still remarkable that new discoveries are still possible given the large extent of modern construction. Rather than being hidden in the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula, this ballcourt was discovered during excavations in the heart of Mexico City.
By David Alire Garcia
June 7, 2017