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Ball Courts

Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97751, Mexico
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Ranked #9 of 14 attractions in Chichen Itza
Type: Ancient Ruins
Activities: Group tours/bus tour
Owner description: The ancient Mayans used these courts for sporting competitions with often grisly consequences: the captain of the winning team would sometimes be... more » Owner description: The ancient Mayans used these courts for sporting competitions with often grisly consequences: the captain of the winning team would sometimes be sacrificed after a game. « less
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Largest ball court and it is impressive! You will not be disappointed if you are into the sports aspect of the Ancient Maya. I remember looking up and at the hoops of the grand ball court and asking the guide how many points they played to in order to win the game. He told me in a matter of fact... More

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NJ
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

huge area. The game sounds impossible. The carvings really indicate that there was a lot more to it than just a "game". Probably more like a formalize warfare with deadly consequences. But who knows????

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Eugene, OR
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Our guide explained to us that when two people, standing on opposite ends of the ball court could hold a conversation without having to yell. Each end has a raised "temple" area. A whisper from one end can be heard clearly at the other end 500 feet away and through the length and breath of the court. The sound waves... More

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Calgary, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

What made this the best part of the visit to Chichen Itza was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and talked a lot about the architecture and geometry of the ball court, as well as the game and its cultural significance. Fascinating

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
42 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Best to stay close by the ruins and go early in the morning before the tour buses. This way you can see the ball court without people and try out the acoustics. Amazing.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Unbelievable devotion that the winner of the ballgame is sacrificed to the Gods. Such devotion. Putting the ball through the hoop that is high on the wall for a person of 5 foot stature must have been a real challenge.

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Landskrona
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155 reviews 155 reviews
90 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Knowing a little about the ancient Mayans and their culture - and this ball court, I was half expecting it, but not knowing it was this amazing. It almost took my focus from the great pyramid itself. We were there a couple of times, first as part of a group during the day, and then early in the morning and... More

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Espanola, New Mexico
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118 reviews 118 reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

There are several Ball Courts at Chichen Itza and the vary in size. The main court is the largest. It is and enteresting sport kind of like basketball with only two vertical rings high on eather side of a field with sloping limestone sides. One must use their hips, knees, feet and other parts of their body to bounce the... More

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
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138 reviews 138 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Make sure you have a guide and go to the Ball Court! Fascinating! All the amazing little facts about their game, a combination of soccer, basketball and hockey. The mayans were short people, and the goal is 20 feet up. But I think it is interesting that the captain of the WINNING team was the person that was sacrificed to... More

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North Highlands, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Very interesting to see and ponder the reality of such a game. Most of what is said about the Ball Game is still a lot of speculation but gets you thinking!

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