Hipódromo de la Castellana
|Date opened||31 January 1878|
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, mainly some Copa del Rey finals.
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.
Matches at the Estadio del Hipódromo included:
- the 1902 Copa de la Coronación Final (in honour of the coronation of Alfonso XIII, not regarded as part of the Copa del Rey, the Spanish football cup competition)
- the 1903 Copa del Rey Final (the first final of the Copa del Rey)
- the 1906 Copa del Rey Final
- the 1907 Copa del Rey Final
In some cases air shows were held.
- El regalo de bodas a los reyes que disfrutó toda la alta sociedad madrileña by Alba Cabañero, 31 Jan 2018
- Caruana, Pablo (2014). "Un hipódromo en la Castellana". El Pais (in Spanish).
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