Mexican pro soccer draws nearly 11,000 fans to Chukchansi Park

Club America and Club Atlas faced each other in Fresno for the first time

FRESNO, Calif. - Two of Mexico's biggest soccer teams -- Club America and Club Atlas played in Fresno on Wednesday night. Thousands of fans filled the stadium to cheer on their team.

Officials say the attendance was 10,767 and Fresno Police made sure all those fans stayed safe. 

Behind every rivalry, there is passion. Within every fan, there's a story of how they chose to stand behind a team and wear their colors.

"The only championship they got, he played," said Martin Sandoval.

Sandoval says his grandfather played for Club Atlas in 1951. Since then, he bleeds black and red.

"We die for Atlas," said Sandoval.

"But the best is America you know," said another fan.

This is the first time Club America and Club Atlas have faced each other at Chukchansi Park. Braulio drove from the Bay Area to watch his team play.

"Two hour and a half driving," said Braulio.

Thousands made their way into the stadium after waiting in line outside the gates. If flags had sticks, they had to be disposed. Extra patrols on the streets and inside the park, 35 officers kept an eye on possible confrontations.

"We can pretty much see everything that's going on so we'll intervene early when it looks like a verbal so we've been able to keep the fights to a very minimum," said Fresno Police Captain Michael Reid.

Keeping fans safe as they cheer their teams on proudly.

"There's police everywhere. There's security. It looks pretty safe," said Sandoval.

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