Local identity is no joke for Club Tijuana, who just set up a huge dog head as their main access gate to Estadio Caliente. Not exactly beautiful, but still impressive.
Club Tijuana are known as Xolos, nickname derived from the Mexican hairless dog breed. They’re using the xolo extensively as an identity feature, including official mascot or inflated player entry gates. But from now on also the fans have the chance of walking into a dog’s mouth before entering Estadio Caliente.
In the north-western corner of the stadium a massive permanent head was set up. Its lower part is covered with red metal sheets, while the tall ears with red-white membrane, just like the stadium’s roof. As you can see in the below photo by Juan Castillo, the ears are illuminated at night.
The new gate was placed in a crucial area, because the north-west gates are used by most supporters. This is also where stadium expansion has nearly ended. In previous years the north and west stands were upgraded, now construction works move to the south of the stadium.