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Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid

Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid (English: Community of Madrid Sports Centre), officially WiZink Center since November 2016 for sponsorship reasons,[2] is an indoor sporting arena located in Goya neighbourhood in Madrid, Spain. Its capacity is 15,000 for basketball and 15,500 for concerts (with standing public ramp).

WiZink Center
Palacio de Deportes (Madrid) 16.jpg
Former namesPalacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid (until 2014)
Barclaycard Center (2014–2016)
LocationMadrid, Spain
Coordinates40°25′26″N 3°40′18″W / 40.42389°N 3.67167°W / 40.42389; -3.67167Coordinates: 40°25′26″N 3°40′18″W / 40.42389°N 3.67167°W / 40.42389; -3.67167
OperatorImpulsa Eventos e Instalaciones SA
Capacity15,000 (basketball)[1]
15,500 (concerts)
Opened1960; 2005
Construction cost124 million
ArchitectJosé Soteras and Lorenzo García Barbón (1960)
Enrique Hermoso and Paloma Huidobro (2005)
Real Madrid
CB Estudiantes

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 location between 2002 and 2005.

The arena hosted two major international basketball events in the first decade of the 21st century - the knockout stage of EuroBasket 2007 and the EuroLeague's Final Four 2008. It also hosted the final stage of the Copa del Rey of basketball in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

The arena was the finals venue for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Euroleague Final Four 2015.



Origins (1874–1960)Edit

The Goya bullring (1874), by Laurent

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, the Count of Toreno, laid the foundation stone of a new bullring, 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 the mayor inaugurated the bullring, built in a neomudéjar style and 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 bullring was deemed small and 1931 a new bullring was ignagurated, the Monumental de las Ventas next to the Abroñigal stream. For three years the new bullring was virtually unused and bullfights were still held at Goya. 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)Edit

The project of the Sports Palace was a circular building 115 m in diametre, 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 gymnastics as well as equestrian, skating, hockey and up trial. Hosted the Real Madrid from 1986 until 1998 and Estudiantes form 1987 until the fire.

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

Rebuilt venue (2005–present)Edit


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 20 February 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 Avenida de Felipe II and the back of the Calle Fuente del Berro. It was inaugurated 16 February 2005 by Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón 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 six lanes)
  • Handball: 14,000
  • Basketball: 15,000
  • Concerts: 15,500 (with standing public ramp)

Concerts hostedEdit




Note: Meghan Trainor's The Untouchable Tour is a part of the Coca-Cola Music Experience.


This is a list of home attendance figures of Estudiantes and Real Madrid at league and playoffs games.

Season Estudiantes Real Madrid (ACB) Real Madrid (EuroLeague)
Total High Low Average Total High Low Average Total High Low Average
2012–13 153,392 12,123 7,231 9,023 187,763 12,832 5,427 8,164 126,365 12,888 6,012 9,026
2013–14 134,752 13,800 2,600 7,927 203,319 13,217 5,814 9,242 155,528 13,192 6,899 10,369
2014–15 133,269 12,500 4,560 7,839 206,930 12,924 6,897 9,406 123,902 12,662 7,806 8,850
2015–16 147,055 13,200 5,860 8,650 197,353 13,149 6,342 8,971 140,015 12,018 9,037 10,770
2016–17 133,696 13,570 3,299 8,356 199,577 12,448 6,783 9,072 175,310 11,998 8,210 10,312
2017–18 138,552 13,513 4,674 8,150 188,844 12,114 4,108 8,584 170,516 12,557 8,067 10,030
2018–19 146,388 12,165 5,219 8,611 166,187 12,479 7,328 9,776


  1. ^ "WiZink Center | Real Madrid Basketball Arena | Real Madrid Basketball". Real Madrid. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "El Palacio de Deportes se llamará partir de hoy WiZink Center" (in Spanish). Barclaycard Center. 11 November 2016.

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