There are a wide range of sports activities in Panama to play or watch.
We have a two-part guide to find out there to go for the best opportunity to enjoy your favourite sport.
Baseball in Panama
Baseball is Panama’s official national sport. There are twelve teams in the national league, and the season runs from January to April. Panama City’s stadium, located just past Metro Mall – is named after Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame player and Panamanian native Rod Carew. It is easy to get to and is never full, other than during the play-offs, tickets are well price at around US$5.
Football (Soccer) in Panama
Although Baseball is the official sport, these days Football is by far the most popular sport in Panama. There is a national league with 4 divisions and the games are played in mainly run-down stadiums around the country – apart from the Maracana, which is newly built at the end Cinta Costera 3 and the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, which is also home to the Panama national team.
Panama reached the World Cup finals in 2018 and the national team are revered, but most of the leading Panamanian players play outside the country where the standard of play and money is better.
Horse Racing in Panama
The main race track is named the Hipodromo Presidente Remon, and is located in Juan Diaz very near the Estadio Rommel Fernandez football stadium. The facilities are pretty good and there are several large, air-conditioned lounges where you can avoid the heat.
The track is open every day with races starting at 5:30 pm on weekdays and 2:00 pm on weekends. The standard of racing is pretty high with many of the Panamanian racing fraternity having good links to racing in the USA.
The Hipodromo Presidente Remon is also home to the famous British Chamber of Commerce ‘Day at the Races’, modelled on Royal Ascot with similar attire required to attend. This event is held in March and February. See britcham.com.pa for more details.