I attended Tuesday’s Panama vs Costa Rica soccer game (better known as fútbol here) and it was an experience as always. I don’t keep up with soccer at all or really watch any sporting events on television, but during my time in Panama I have found that I love going to the actual games. The energy and passion of the crowd, REALLY cheap beer, and that moment when Panama scores a goal and everyone tosses that really cheap beer into the air are just a few of the things that I love.
Tickets for the games can be purchased at Farmacia Metro, Epago, and the Ticketplus counters at Multiplaza, Albrook Mall, and Los Andes Mall. Be sure to buy your tickets before the day of the game to get these presale prices:
Pref Oeste $20.00
Pref Este $12.00
General Norte and Sur $6.00
I recommend sitting in the General Sur section if you want to be with the wildest crowd or Pref Este if you want something slightly more tame.
Wear A Panama Jersey Or Red
A real Panama jersey is going to set you back around $50 and you can purchase them at most of the athletic stores at the mall. It’s a lot to invest but if you plan on going to several games or just want a cool souvenir I suggest getting one. A few years ago I found something that looks like a Panama jersey at Champs on Via España for $12 but I can’t confirm if they still sell those. And if you don’t have a jersey just wear something red to the game and you will be fine.
The soccer games in Panama take place at Estadio Rommel Fernandez and there’s a few ways you can get there:
Drive: If you have a car you can drive to the game and there is parking available for $5. Your parking section depends on the ticket you purchased so be sure to head to the correct location. The fastest way to get there would be Via Corridor Sur and use Google Maps or Waze Navigation to guide you there.
Taxi: It’s difficult to say how much a taxi is going to run you since this depends on where you get picked up and how many people are with you but I would estimate at least $7 to get from somewhere in the center of the city to the stadium with a group of 4 people.
Uber or Tu Chofer: These apps are great if you love convenience and don’t mind spending a bit extra to get there. Depending on where you get picked up it would probably cost $10 – $15 to get there. And if you haven’t used the apps before you can get a $10 credit on Uber with promo code uberptylife and a $10 credit on Tu Chofer with code ptylife10.
Metro Bus: For this game my friends and I opted to use public transportation to get there. We took the Metro to the Fernando de Cordoba stop and then crossed the street and took the Via España-Concepcion bus to the stadium. The Via España-Tocumen, San Pedro, Pedegral busses also pass by the stadium and you can board these from the same stop we did or get on anywhere on Calle 50 or the stop at Multiplaza. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help planning your route and I’m glad to help.
While using the bus only set us back .25 cents, it took a LONG time to get there. We started our journey at 6:45pm and didn’t arrive to the game until 8:15pm because traffic was so bad.
Buying Cheap Beer
Beer is only like $1.50 for 16oz and you can order a case of 12 at a time to split with friends so I recommend loading up on those as soon as you get seated. You’ll see a few guys selling cases of it in the crowd so just grab their attention.
Toss That Cheap Beer In The Air
The craziest part about going to a soccer game in Panama is that every time Panama scores a goal the crowd tosses their beer in the air so be prepared to leave the game wet! Do the same with your beer and enjoy the fact the we live in a carefree crazy country where people have fun and don’t get pissed over something like that.
Attend The Next Game
Panama won the game against Costa Rica 2-1 and I definitely recommend going to the next game if you can make it. The next game being hosted in Panama isn’t until June 3, 2015 when they go up against Ecuador so you have plenty of time to prepare for the next one! Check out the event calendar on FEPAFUT for a list of all Panama soccer games and where they are being played at.