Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid

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Template:Infobox Stadium Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid (English: Community of Madrid Sports Centre) is an indoor sporting arena located in the City of Madrid, Spain. Its capacity is 15,000 people for basketball matches, 14,000 for handball matches and 18,000 for concerts (with standing public ramp).

The former building, which was built in 1960, was destroyed by a fire in 2001. Architects Enrique Hermoso and Paloma Huidobro projected a High-Tech style new arena that was built at the same place between 2002 and 2005.

The arena hosted two major international basketball events in the first decade of the 21st century. It hosted the knockout stage of EuroBasket 2007, and the following year hosted the Euroleague Final Four 2008. It also hosted three times the final stage of the Copa del Rey of basketball in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

The arena will be the Final venue for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.


Origins (1874-1960)

Until the late 19th century, the area where the Sports Centre was an area of orchards on the perimeter of the city, in Goya street below, the edge of the extension that had been done at the behest of Marques de Salamanca. In 1872 the then mayor of Madrid, Count of TorenoLaid the foundation stone of a new bull ring, since the old, located next to the Puerta de Alcalá, was demolished for the construction of new neighborhood. Two years later, on 4 September 1874 opened the square style was neomudéjar and was designed by architects Álvarez Lorenzo Capra and Emilio Rodríguez Ayuso.

Due to increasing population of the city and the great love of bullfighting existing in Madrid, the square was small and 1931 opened a new arena, the Monumental Sales next to Abroñigal stream. For three years the new plaza was virtually unused, so it continued to hold bullfights in the former. The last was held on 14 October 1934. A week later, on 21 October, was formally inaugurated the Plaza de Las Ventas. La Plaza de Goya street history of the Palace of Sports was demolished a few days later.

The site remained empty for years given the state of penury in which the country found itself after the Civil War and the postwar years. Finally, 1952, Mayor José María Gutiérrez del Castillo promoted the construction of an indoor arena such as already exist in other European capitals. In 1953 a competition was held for the completion of the palace. In 1956 the National Sports Delegation, Opted for the project by architects José Soteras and Lorenzo García Barbon, authors Palacio de los Deportes de Barcelona opened a year ago to host the Mediterranean Games held in the city.

First venue (1960-2001)

The project of the Sports Palace was a circular building 115 m in diameter, built of reinforced concrete and metal sheath. The work cost 56 million pesetas.

The original capacity was 10,000 to 16,000 depending on the configuration of grades and activities that develop inside. Thus, for example, to test the capacity cycling was 10.609 and 16.137 boxing bouts.

The palace was inaugurated in 1960. In 1969 it was expanded with basketball courts, cycling, hockey and athletics. In 1985 ownership of the Palace was transferred to the Comunidad de Madrid, Who undertook a comprehensive reform of the building.

During the 41-year life of this first Palacio de los Deportes gathered inside a number of sports competitions basketball, athletics, boxing, handball, martial arts, cycling and gymnasticsAs well as Equestrian, skating, hockey and up trial. Hosted the Real Madrid of 1986 until 1998 and Students of 1987 to the fire.

On June 28, 2001, the Sports Centre suffered a fire and was in ruins.

Rebuilt venue (2005-present)

After the fire, the Comunidad de Madrid decided to build a new building in the same place. It was designed by architects Enrique Hermoso and Paloma Huidobro. Its construction was started February 20 of 2002 with a budget of 124 million euros. He took advantage of the former building of the structure, particularly the facade of the Plaza de Salvador Dalí and Philip Avenue and the back of the Calle Fuente del Berro. It was inaugurated February 16 of 2005 by Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon and the president of the Community of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre. It has a variable capacity depending on the configuration to be adopted:

  • Athletics: 10,000 (with 200m track and 6 lanes).
  • Handball: 14,000.
  • Basketball: 15,000.
  • Concerts: 15,500 (with standing public ramp).



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  • 1961: I Jazz World Music Festival
  • 1974: Ballet Krasnolarsk
  • 1979: Bee Gees
  • 1985: Sting
  • 1986: Elton John (Ice on Fire Tour)


  • 1989: Paul McCartney (The Paul McCartney World Tour)
  • 1990: Phil Collins (Seriously, Live! World Tour)
  • 1990: Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1991: Gloria Estefan (Into the Light World Tour)
  • 1992: Nirvana


  • 1993: Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard World Tour)
  • 1994: Nirvana
  • 1997: Backstreet Boys (Backstreet's Back Tour)
  • 1997: Laura Pausini (World Wide Tour 1997)
  • 1998: Spice Girls (Spiceworld: The Tour)
  • 1998: Mónica Naranjo (Palabra de mujer Tour)



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  • 2000: Enrique Iglesias
  • 2000: AC/DC (Stiff Upper Lip World Tour)
  • 2000: Mónica Naranjo (Minage Tour)
  • 2000: Mariah Carey (Rainbow World Tour)
  • 2003: Shakira (Tour of the Mongoose)
  • 2004: Anastacia (Live at Last Tour)
  • 2005: Queen
  • 2005: Oasis (Don't Believe the Truth Tour)
  • 2005: Bruce Springsteen (Devils & Dust Tour)
  • 2006: The Who (The Who Tour 2006–2007)
  • 2006: Muse (Black Holes and Revelations Tour)
  • 2006: Pearl Jam (Pearl Jam 2006 World Tour)
  • 2007: Luis Miguel (Mexico En La Piel Tour)
  • 2007: Beyoncé (The Beyoncé Experience)


  • 2007: Marilyn Manson
  • 2007: Bruce Springsteen (Magic Tour)
  • 2007: The Who (The Who Tour 2006–2007)
  • 2007: 50 Cent
  • 2007: Pet Shop Boys (Fundamental Tour)
  • 2008: Alicia Keys (The Freedom Tour)
  • 2008: Backstreet Boys (Unbreakable Tour)
  • 2008: Kylie Minogue (KylieX2008)
  • 2008: Marea
  • 2008: RBD (Empezar desde Cero Tour 2008)
  • 2008: Coldplay (Viva la Vida Tour)
  • 2008: Enrique Bunbury
  • 2008: Premios Los 40 Principales


  • 2008: Mónica Naranjo (Tarántula Tour)
  • 2009: The Killers (Day & Age World Tour)
  • 2009: AC/DC (Black Ice World Tour)
  • 2009: Oasis (Dig Out Your Soul Tour)
  • 2009: Il Divo
  • 2009: Beyoncé (I Am... Tour)
  • 2009: The Jonas Brothers (Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009)
  • 2009: Slipknot (All Hope Is Gone World Tour)
  • 2009: Metallica (World Magnetic Tour)
  • 2009: Laura Pausini (World Tour 09)
  • 2009: Green Day (21st Century Breakdown World Tour)
  • 2009: Katy Perry (Hello Katy Tour)



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  • 2010: Tokio Hotel
  • 2010: KISS (Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour)
  • 2010: Shakira (The Sun Comes Out World Tour)
  • 2010: Lady Gaga (The Monster Ball Tour)
  • 2011: Taylor Swift (Speak Now World Tour)


  • 2011: Roger Waters (The Wall Live)
  • 2011: Foo Fighters (Wasting Light World Tour)
  • 2011: Justin Bieber (My World Tour)
  • 2011: Rihanna (Loud Tour)


  • 2012: Laura Pausini (Inedito World Tour)
  • 2012: Luis Miguel (Luis Miguel Tour)
  • 2012: Jennifer Lopez (Dance Again World Tour
  • 2012: Muse (The 2nd Law Tour)
  • 2012: Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
  • 2012: Arctic Monkeys (Suck It and See tour)


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