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Mayan Ball Court

Get a Glimpse of an Ancient Sport

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The Mesoamerican (or Mayan) Ball game is the first sport in the history of humanity. Dating back at least from 2,500 BC, the game was played with a solid rubber ball (weighing about 10 pounds) with teams of one to four people. Added to the World Heritage List in 1980, the ancient city of Copan (in Honduras) features one of these distinguished ball courts.

But you don’t have to travel to mainland Honduras to experience this ancient sport. At Maya Key, you can walk around our exact replica of the Copan Ball Court. It features the intricately carved stelae, which were likely constructed by rulers to illustrate themselves in various costumes.

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