Although many buy tickets, there are entire families that decide to wait under the stage and save the ¢10,000 per adult and ¢5,000 per child that each ticket costs.
Many use handkerchiefs and chains to save their seat along the wall.
This is what the ring looks like from underneath where many wait for the rodeo to start.
Jetty Rivas arrives at 6 a.m. in order to see Saturday’s rodeo, which starts at 2 p.m. and uses boards to build two stools on top of the wall.
“I’ve been here since 6 in the morning,” says Charlie Baltodano, who has been at the ring for 30 hours. Going home to sleep would cost ¢7,000 for a taxi, so he prefers to sleep at the ring in order to not lose his spot and save the money. When his sister shows up to bring him lunch, he goes to take a shower at a business near the park.
Natalie Rodríguez, 5, arrived at the ring at 8:30 a.m. to meet her grandma Lilian Hernández, who came at 4 a.m,
Family members take turns saving spots in the first row hours before the day’s first rodeo.
Merchants sell mangos, sweets, pastries and beer to those who are waiting during early hours of the day.
Hundreds of people fill the area under the ring minutes before the day’s first rodeo starts at 2 p.m.
When the first bull storms out, the wait is over for today and the show that everyone came to see will go on until the midnight.