Palacio de los Deportes

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Palacio de los Deportes
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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
Mexico City Aztecas (CBA) (1994–1995)
Mexico Toros (CISL) (1995)

Palacio de los Deportes (English: Palace of Sports) is an indoor arena located in Mexico City, Mexico. It is 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[edit]

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
United States Bill Graham January 1981 Congreso Nacional Crusade
Australia INXS January 12–13, 1991 X-Factor World Tour
United States Bob Dylan March 1-2, 1991 Never Ending Tour
United States Billy Joel March 19-20, 23-24, 1991 The Storm Front Tour
United States Guns N' Roses April 1–2, 1992 Use Your Illusion Tour
United States Van Halen May 23–24, 1992 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Tour
England Iron Maiden October 1–2, 1992 Fear of the Dark Tour
England Black Sabbath November 8, 1992 Dehumanizer Tour
Republic of Ireland U2 November 21–25, 1992 Zoo TV Tour
United States Metallica February 25–March 2, 1993 Nowhere Else to Roam
United States Guns N' Roses April 23-24, 1993 Use Your Illusion Tour
England Def Leppard September 29, 1993 Adrenalize Tour
United States Bon Jovi July 13–14 and October 29, 1993 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Tour
England Depeche Mode December 2–3, 1993 Devotional Tour
United States Aerosmith January 25-26, 1994 Get a Grip Tour
Australia INXS March 19–20, 1994 Dirty Honeymoon World Tour
Germany Scorpions March 23–34, 1994 Face the Heat Tour
United States Mötley Crüe June 15, 1994 Anywhere There's Electricity Tour
United States Bon Jovi October 22, 1995 These Days Tour
United States The Offspring December 13, 1999[1] Americana Tour[2]
United States Megadeth & Mötley Crüe July 15, 2000 Maximum Rock Tour
Germany Rammstein August 4–5, 2001 Mutter Tour
United States Pearl Jam July 17–19, 2003 Riot Act Tour
United States Cher October 8–10, 2004 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour
United States Nine Inch Nails June 2, 2005 Live: With Teeth Tour
Canada Avril Lavigne September 13, 2005 Bonez Tour
United States Pearl Jam December 9–10, 2005 Pearl Jam 2005 North American and Latin American Tour
Colombia Shakira October 1–11, 2006 Oral Fixation Tour
United Kingdom Muse April 12, 2007 Black Holes and Revelations Tour
United States Gwen Stefani July 15, 2007 The Sweet Scape Tour
United States My Chemical Romance October 7, 2007 The Black Parade World Tour
Canada Avril Lavigne October 23, 2007 The Best Damn Thing Promo Tour
United States Hilary Duff January 18, 2008 Dignity Tour
Canada Celine Dion December 9, 2008 Taking Chances World Tour
Barbados Rihanna January 24, 2009 Good Girl Gone Bad Tour
Germany Scorpions September 7, 2010 Get Your Sting and Blackout World Tour
United States KISS September 30, 2010 The Hottest Show on Earth Tour
Germany Tokio Hotel December 2, 2010 Humanoid City World Tour
Germany Rammstein December 6–7, 2010 LIFAD Tour
United Kingdom Roger Waters December 18, 19 and 21, 2010 The Wall Live (concert tour)
Australia Kylie Minogue May 12, 2011 Aphrodite World Tour
Puerto Rico Ricky Martin May 14–15, 2011 Música + Alma + Sexo World Tour
Germany Rammstein May 26–27, 2011 LIFAD Tour
United States Katy Perry September 3, 2011 California Dreams Tour
United Kingdom Judas Priest September 30, 2011 Epitaph World Tour
United States Selena Gomez January 26, 2012 We Own the Night Tour
United States Evanescence January 30, 2012 Evanescence Tour
United Kingdom Arctic Monkeys March 28, 2012 Suck It and See Tour
Canada Cirque du Soleil August 24–29, 2012 Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
United States Metallica July 28–August 9, 2012 El Arsenal Completo Tour 2012
United States Big Time Rush September 25, 2012 Big Time Summer Tour
United States Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators November 27, 2012 Apocalyptic Love World Tour
United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band December 10, 2012 Wrecking Ball World Tour
United States Red Hot Chili Peppers March 5–6, 2013 I'm With You World Tour
United States Soundgarden May 31, 2013 King Animal Tour
United States Paramore July 15, 2013 The Self-Titled Tour
United States Big Time Rush August 14, 2013 Summer Break Tour
United States Andy Bell, Howard Jones, A Flock of Seagulls and more September 13, 2013 80'S FEST 1
United States Beyoncé September 26, 2013 The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
United Kingdom Muse October 18, 19, 20 and 22; 2013 The 2nd Law World Tour
United States OneRepublic July 26, 2014 Native Summer Tour
United States Katy Perry October 17–18, 2014 The Prismatic World Tour
United Kingdom Blur October 15, 2015 The Magic Whip Tour
Puerto Rico Calle 13 November 22, 2014 Gira Multiviral 2014
United States Ariana Grande October 18, 2015 The Honeymoon Tour
United Kingdom Muse November 17,18 & 20; 2015 Drones World Tour
United States Madonna January 6–7, 2016 Rebel Heart Tour
England Iron Maiden March 3–4, 2016 The Book of Souls World Tour
United States Pierce the Veil May 13, 2016 Misadventures CD Release Show
United Kingdom Radiohead October 3–4, 2016 2016 World Tour
United Kingdom Adele November 14–15, 2016 Adele Live 2016


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

Succeeded by
Palasport Pianella
Cucciago, Cantù

Coordinates: 19°24′19″N 99°5′59″W / 19.40528°N 99.09972°W / 19.40528; -99.09972