Hipódromo de la Castellana

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Hipódromo de la Castellana
Hipodromo castellana 1930.jpg
The Hipódromo in 1930
LocationMadrid, Spain
Date opened31 January 1878
Date closed1933; 88 years ago (1933)

The Hipódromo de la Castellana, also known as the Hipódromo de Madrid, was a sports facility dedicated to horse racing. Located on the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, Spain, it was designed by engineer Francisco Boguerín as one of the first official horse racing tracks in the city. The Hipódromo was inaguruated to celebrate the wedding of King Alfonso XII in 1878. In successive years, the venue also hosted football matches,[1] mainly some Copa del Rey finals.[2]

With the widening of Paseo de la Castellana in the 1930s, the Hipódromo was closed and then demolished. The site, now occupied by the office buildings of Nuevos Ministerios, was on the outskirts of Madrid at that time. During its years of operation it was the meeting place of the gentry and aristocracy of the time.

The main horse racing venue for Madrid, since the mid-twentieth century, has been the Hippodrome de la Zarzuela. [2]

Football[edit]

At the beginning of the twentieth century the Hipódromo hosted football matches. As a football venue it was replaced by the Campo de O'Donnell, which hosted four finals before it too closed.

Matches at the Estadio del Hipódromo included:

Other uses[edit]

In some cases air shows were held.

References[edit]

  1. ^ El regalo de bodas a los reyes que disfrutó toda la alta sociedad madrileña by Alba Cabañero, 31 Jan 2018
  2. ^ a b Caruana, Pablo (2014). "Un hipódromo en la Castellana". El Pais (in Spanish).

Coordinates: 40°26′42″N 3°41′34″W / 40.4451°N 3.6928°W / 40.4451; -3.6928