Great Ball Court

Yucatan Highway 79
Chichen Itza, YU - Map It

AAA Editor Notes

Great Ball Court (Gran Juego de Pelota) is a short distance from the visitor center. Two walls run parallel to the playing field. The object of this ancient game was for two teams of players to maneuver a heavy rubber ball—without using their hands—through one of two stone rings placed high on each wall. Some participants (opinion is divided on whether they were winners or losers) apparently suffered death by decapitation. Stone carvings depict this act as well as players sporting protective padding and feathered headdresses. The acoustics are startling: Two people standing on opposite sides of the field and speaking in normal voices can easily hear each other.