Monte Alban Archaeological Site, Oaxaca, has five ballcourts, two preserved and stabilized.
Monte Alban  large Ball Court, Oaxaca
The ballcourts are not covered in glyphs as they are in other ritual centers such as El Tajin.
There are glyphs at other locations in Monte Alban carved in 300 BC that depict defeated leaders of neighboring villages in death some researchers have speculated.  Other researchers say that the stones called the Danzantes ( the Dancers)  depict sick and injured people. Many stelae show a glyph that some claim depict a mutilated penis, while others propose this as a symbol of fertility.

Both Excavated ballcourts are on the Eastern Side of the Main Plaza at Monte Alban.

Monte Alban's  Zapotec builders  laid out the city with a north south orientation 1,300 feet above the River Atoyac and the alluvial valley.  The large ballcourt is laid out 15 degrees east of north .
Starting in
500 BC, the Zapotec builders quarried stone from the hilltop and flattened the peak to make a broad level plaza. By 300 AD the population had risen to 30,000 people by some estimates. The city has stone platforms running the length of the quarter mile plaza, tombs primarily on the eastern and northern slopes. The large ballcourt is just east of the plaza, the smaller one is at the bus parking area.

Monte Alban  large stone marking the zenith days, Oaxaca
Monte Alban  large main plaza, Oaxaca
Monte Alban North Platform, Oaxaca
Monte Alban's  large Ball Court on the east side of the plaza, Oaxaca
Monte Alban  large Ball Court on the east side of the plaza, Oaxaca
Monte Alban open seven days, museum closed monday

Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Ballcourts 
Archaeological Ruin Site, Oaxaca City, Mexico  

Monte Alban Ball Court Oaxaca
Monte Alban  Ballcourts,
Archaeological Ruin Site
Monte Alban Archaeological Site in Oaxaca City, Mexico has two preserved ballcourts easily viewed by visitors.  Monte Alban is a sprawling archaeological site with the two ballcourts near the top of the hill amid the stone temple buildings.
Monte Alban preserved  Ball Court, Oaxaca
Monte Alban Archaeological Site, Oaxaca

Monte Alban Site

Monte Alban Archaeological site in Oaxaca saw the first mapping and excavation in 1930 when Mexican Archaeologist Alfonso Caso headed a 16 year excavation.  

Monte Alban Archaeological Ruin Site sprawls over three peaks with thousands of house sites and terraced fields still visible on the hillsides.  The complex of platforms, plazas and stone pyramidal structures is open seven days and offers a museum that is also open to the public.

In 1932,  the Caso excavations uncovered the ancient center or power and ritual now called Monte Alban.
  The ballcourts have ritual meaning beyond a mere ball game according to modern researchers. 
Monte Albans ballcourts are located one just beside the main plaza and the other on the northeast slope near the parking lot.
Other Oaxacan ruin site within 30 miles of Oaxaca City

Monte Alban Ballcourts

Monte Alban Archaeological Site in Oaxaca, Mexico displays two ballcourts in one of the oldest stone archaeological sites in Mexico.
The ruin site of Monte Alban occupies  a hilltop 1300 feet above Oaxaca City at the juncture of three valleys, each rich in ancient ruin sites.

The larger of the two excavated ballcourts at Monte Alban, east of the main plaza.   Monte Alban Archaeological Site was an active settlement and ritual center from 500 BC to 800 AD
Monte Alban Ruin Site in Oaxaca Mexico is just outside the modern City of Oaxaca. The city offers inns, B&Bs,  posada, and hostels in its preserved colonial center.
Jet flights to
Oaxaca's modern airport (OAX) put a culinary tour in the city, a ruins tour, or a hiking and biking tour in the mountains within easy reach for a travel vacation. Great restaurants, car rentals, good, long distance bus service, and the proximity to Huatulco resort beaches and the surfing beaches of Puerto Escondido make Oaxaca a great place for a vacation.

Monte Alban Ballcourts On The Peaks Above Oaxaca City

Monte Alban was abandoned by 800 AD for reasons as yet unknown.
The Mixtec people, a group from the northern mountains entered the valley of Oaxaca and used the abandoned city of Monte Alban as a burial ground.   While using the old tombs, they showed respect for the bodies they found within.  They moved skeletons and offerings aside to place their own royalty within the tombs built by the Zapotec people, the original builders of Monte Alban.

Bus to Monte Alban

Near the Hotel Rivera del Angel ( four blocks south, four blocks west of the Zocalo on Mina Street {Calle Mina) Autobuses turisticos offers eight buses  daily to Monte Alban.   Round trip bus 50 Pesos.   Stay as long as you like.  The last bus leaves the ruin 5:00 PM.  Return buses on the hour
Monte Alban site open 9:00 Am to  5:00 PM       
Allow three to four hours to visit the ruin and museum.

Monte Alban Oaxaca, Ruin Site,
Large ballcourt, Monte Alban Oaxaca still showing stucco on the sloped sides.
Monte Alban Oaxaca, Ruin Site,
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Monte Alban carved stone at the  large Ball Court, Oaxaca
Carved stone beside the larger of the two Monte Alban ballcourts
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