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Palacio de los Deportes

Palacio de los Deportes

Exterior shot of Palacio de los Deportes
Location Mexico City
Owner Mexico City's Government and Grupo CIE
Capacity 20,000 in arena mode, 26,000 in concert hall mode.
Opened 1968

Palacio de los Deportes (English: Palace of Sports) is an indoor arena, located in Mexico City, Mexico, within the sports complex Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City, near the Mexico City International Airport and in front of the Foro Sol, in which sports and artistic events are also celebrated. It is operated by Grupo CIE. The arena seats 17,800, for football and the overall capacity is approximately 20,000.

It hosted the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games for the competitions of basketball and can be used to host volleyball and basketball matches. It was the home of the CBA Mexico City Aztecas in 1994 and 1995, and the Mexico Toros of the CISL in 1995. On 6 December 1997 hosted the NBA's regular season game between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks 108-106.

Another common use is to host big expositions and rock or pop concerts.

There is a smaller pavilion for expositions and concerts.

1968 Summer Olympics

The Sports Palace—located 14 miles (23 km) from the Olympic Village and 6.5 from downtown Mexico City in the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City near the conflux of two expressways (Miguel Alemán Viaduct and Río Churubusco Interior Loop)—was constructed specifically for the Olympic basketball competition. Built between October 15, 1966 and September, 1968, it is circular in design with a square-patterned dome spanning 380 feet (120 m) and enclosing an area of 6.7 acres (27,000 m2). The dome consists of hyperbolic paraboloids of tubular aluminum covered with waterproof copper-sheathed plywood and supported by huge steel arches. The Sports Palace seats 22,370—including 7,370 in removable seats. There is parking space for 3,864 vehicles.

Detail of the structure of the palace.

Designed by architects Félix Candela, A. Peyri and E. Castañeda Tamborell, the structure has three floors, which house complete facilities for athletes, judges, officials, organizers, as well as services for radio, television and the press. A mezzanine provides access to the boxes and middle and upper stands. The Sports Palace was designed for a wide variety of programming: boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, fencing, etc., as well as for exhibitions, and tournaments that require more space, such as volleyball, basketball, ice hockey, cycling, athletic meets, equestrian shows, dances, circuses, conventions and expositions.


These are some of the more than 400 concerts held here throughout the years.

Performer Date Tour
Billy Graham January 1981 Congreso Nacional Crusade
Guns N' Roses April 1 and 2, 1992 Use Your Illusion Tour
Iron Maiden October 1 and 2, 1992 Fear of the Dark Tour
U2 November 21–25, 1992 Zoo TV Tour
Metallica February 25-March 2, 1993 Nowhere Else to Roam
Bon Jovi July 13 and 14 and October 29, 1993 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Tour
Depeche Mode December 2 and 3, 1993 Devotional Tour
Bon Jovi October 22, 1995 These Days Tour
The Offspring December 13, 1999[1] Americana Tour[2]
Pearl Jam July 17–19, 2003 Riot Act Tour
Cher October 8 and 9 and 10, 2004 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour
Avril Lavigne September 13, 2005 Bonez Tour
Pearl Jam December 9 and 10, 2005 Pearl Jam 2005 North American and Latin American Tour
Shakira October 1–11, 2006 Oral Fixation Tour
Muse April 12, 2007 Black Holes and Revelations Tour
My Chemical Romance October 7, 2007 The Black Parade World Tour
Avril Lavigne October 23, 2007 The Best Damn Thing Promo Tour
Hilary Duff January 18, 2008 Dignity Tour
Celine Dion December 9, 2008 Taking Chances World Tour
Rihanna January 24, 2009 Good Girl Gone Bad Tour
KISS September 30, 2010 The Hottest Show On Earth Tour
Roger Waters December 18, 19 and 21, 2010 The Wall Live (concert tour)
Kylie Minogue May 12, 2011 Aphrodite World Tour
Ricky Martin May 14 and 15, 2011 Música + Alma + Sexo World Tour
Katy Perry September 3, 2011 California Dreams Tour
Judas Priest September 30, 2011 Epitaph World Tour
Selena Gomez January 26, 2012 We Own the Night Tour
Evanescence January 30, 2012 Evanescence Tour
Arctic Monkeys March 28, 2012 Suck It and See Tour
Cirque de Soleil August 24–29, 2012 Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
Metallica July 28 - August 9, 2012 El Arsenal Completo Tour 2012
Big Time Rush September 25, 2012 Big Time Summer Tour
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators November 27, 2012 Apocalyptic Love World Tour
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band December 10, 2012 Wrecking Ball Tour
Red Hot Chili Peppers March 5 and 6, 2013 I'm With You World Tour
Soundgarden May 31, 2013 King Animal Tour
Paramore July 15, 2013 Paramore Live in Concert
Big Time Rush August 14, 2013 Summer Break Tour
Beyoncé September 26, 2013 The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
Muse October 18, 19, 20 and 22; 2013 The 2nd Law World Tour
OneRepublic July 26, 2014 Native Summer Tour
Katy Perry October 17–18, 2014 The Prismatic World Tour
Calle 13 November 22, 2014 Gira Multiviral 2014


  • 1968 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. Part 1. p. 72.
  • Luis Castañeda, "Image-Machine: Félix Candela's Palacio de los Deportes", article in Pidgin Magazine
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External links

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Preceded by
Ginásio do Ibirapuera
São Paulo
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Palasport Pianella
Cucciago, Cantù

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