The traditional season opener in Mexico City (MEX) has been a staple of the Red Bull X-Fighters calendar from 2005 to 2010 – but after a two-year break – the Mexican capital made it back on the tour schedule in 2013 and will kick off the season one more time in 2014. With its delighted fans and the most famous bullring in the world, the city offers a stunning backdrop and is the perfect venue for the Red Bull X-Fighters spectacle.
Each year, the Monumental Plaza de Toros is completely filled and the FMX daredevils execute their tricks in front of 42,000 screaming fans, to the sound of huge drums and the traditional white cloths – made popular by the fans at football games and bullfights. In fact, the bullfighting element is an integral life component in Mexico. Its complicated rules and regulations contain a whole series of hidden symbols whose meanings go far beyond that of a mere battle of man against animal.
Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and – with a population of 8.9 million people – is the largest city in the country. The sprawling metropolis lies at the foot of the striking Sierra Nevada mountain range and the famous Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes. Mexico City has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Americas and is a truly fitting setting for the opening event of the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.