Palacio de los Deportes

Palacio de los Deportes (English: Palace of Sports) is an indoor arena located in Mexico City, Mexico. It is within the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City complex, 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. Opened in 1968, the arena seats 20,000 and the overall capacity is approximately 26,000.

Palacio de los Deportes
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Exterior shot of Palacio de los Deportes
LocationMexico City, Mexico
Coordinates19°24′19″N 99°5′59″W / 19.40528°N 99.09972°W / 19.40528; -99.09972Coordinates: 19°24′19″N 99°5′59″W / 19.40528°N 99.09972°W / 19.40528; -99.09972
OwnerMexico City's Government
OperatorGrupo CIE
Capacity20,000 in arena mode, 26,000 in concert hall mode.
Broke ground15 October 1966
BuiltSeptember 1968
Opened8 October 1968
Mexico City Aztecas (CBA) (1994–1995)
Mexico Toros (CISL) (1995)


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.

Detail of the structure of the palace.

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.

Designed by architects Félix Candela, Enrique Castañeda Tamborel and Antonio Peyri, 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. There is a smaller pavilion for expositions and concerts.


The venue opened on 8 October 1968 with a performance by Maurice Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century.[1]


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, which ended with a 108-106 score.


Another common use is to host big expositions and rock or pop concerts. These are the most representative and important shows, as there have been more than 400 concerts held here throughout the years.

Performer Date Tour
Bob Dylan March 1–2, 1991 Never Ending Tour
Billy Joel March 19–20, 23–24, 1991 The Storm Front Tour
Santana June 25–26, 1991 A 25–Year Celebration Tour
ZZ Top September 27, 1991 Recycler Tour
Guns N' Roses April 1–2, 1992 Use Your Illusion Tour
Van Halen May 23–24, 1992 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Tour
Iron Maiden October 1–2, 1992 Fear of the Dark Tour
Black Sabbath November 8, 1992 Dehumanizer Tour
U2 November 21–25, 1992 Zoo TV Tour
Metallica February 25–March 2, 1993 Nowhere Else to Roam
Guns N' Roses April 23–24, 1993 Use Your Illusion Tour
Def Leppard September 29, 1993 Adrenalize Tour
Bon Jovi July 13–14 and October 29, 1993 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Tour
Depeche Mode December 2–3, 1993 Devotional Tour
Aerosmith January 25–26, 1994 Get a Grip Tour
Scorpions March 23–34, 1994 Face the Heat Tour
Phil Collins May 17, 18, 20 and 21, 1994 Both Sides of the World Tour
Mötley Crüe June 15, 1994 Anywhere There's Electricity Tour
Bon Jovi October 22, 1995 These Days Tour
Marilyn Manson September 16, 1997 Dead to the World Tour
Rage Against the Machine October 28, 1999 The Battle of Los Angeles Tour
Megadeth & Mötley Crüe July 15, 2000 Maximum Rock Tour
Rammstein August 4–5, 2001 Mutter Tour
Paul McCartney November 2, 3, 5, 2002 Driving World Tour
Pearl Jam July 17–19, 2003 Riot Act Tour
ZZ Top November 14, 2003 Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers Tour
Cher October 8–10, 2004 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour
Nine Inch Nails June 2, 2005 Live: With Teeth Tour
Avril Lavigne September 13, 2005 Bonez Tour
Pearl Jam December 9–10, 2005 Pearl Jam 2005 North American and Latin American Tour
t.A.T.u. July 14, 2006 Dangerous and Moving Tour
Shakira October 1–11, 2006 Oral Fixation Tour
Muse April 12, 2007 Black Holes and Revelations Tour
Gwen Stefani July 15, 2007 The Sweet Scape 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
Scorpions September 7, 2010 Get Your Sting and Blackout World Tour
Kiss September 30, 2010 The Hottest Show on Earth Tour
Tokio Hotel December 2, 2010 Humanoid City World Tour
Rammstein December 6–7, 2010 Liebe ist für alle da Tour
Roger Waters December 18, 19 and 21, 2010 The Wall Live (concert tour)
Kylie Minogue May 12, 2011 Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour
Ricky Martin May 14–15, 2011 Música + Alma + Sexo World Tour
Rammstein May 26–27, 2011 Liebe ist für alle da Tour
Katy Perry September 3, 2011 California Dreams Tour
Judas Priest September 30, 2011 Epitaph World Tour
Los Autenticos Decadentes November 11, 2011 Hecho en Mexico 25 anos
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 du 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 World Tour
Red Hot Chili Peppers March 5–6, 2013 I'm With You World Tour
Soundgarden May 31, 2013 King Animal Tour
Paramore July 15, 2013 The Self-Titled Tour
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
Judas Priest May 8, 2015 Redeemer of Souls Tour
Blur October 15, 2015 The Magic Whip Tour
Ariana Grande October 18, 2015 The Honeymoon Tour
Muse November 17,18 & 20; 2015 Drones World Tour
Madonna January 6–7, 2016 Rebel Heart Tour
Iron Maiden March 3–4, 2016 The Book of Souls World Tour
Tame Impala September 8, 2016 Currents World Tour
Twenty One Pilots September 30, 2016 Emotional Roadshow World Tour
Radiohead October 3–4, 2016 2016 World Tour
The Who October 12, 2016 Back to the Who Tour 51!
Demi Lovato October 16, 2016 Future Now Tour
Adele November 14–15, 2016 Adele Live 2016
Ha*Ash November 26, 2016 Primera Fila: Hecho Realidad Tour
Guns N' Roses November 29-30, 2016 Not in This Lifetime... Tour
Ed Sheeran June 10, 2017 ÷ Tour
Ariana Grande July 12-13, 2017 Dangerous Woman Tour
Blondie and Garbage August 14, 2017 Rage and Rapture Tour
Red Hot Chili Peppers October 10 -11, 2017 The Getaway World Tour
Paramore October 23, 2017 Tour Two
Phil Collins March 9-10, 2018 Not Dead Yet Tour
Harry Styles June 1-2, 2018 Harry Styles: Live on Tour
Sam Smith July 27, 2018 The Thrill of It All Tour
The Weeknd October 22–23, 2018 Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour
Gorillaz October 24, 2018 The Now Now Tour
Twenty One Pilots The Bandito Tour
Florence + The Machine June 15, 2019 High As Hope Tour
GOT7 July 13, 2019 "Keep Spinning" 2019 World Tour
Twice July 19, 2019 Twice World Tour 2019 "Twicelights"
Iron Maiden September 27, 29 - 30, 2019 Legacy of the Beast World Tour
Jonas Brothers October 30-31, 2019 Happiness Begins Tour
Shawn Mendes December 19-21, 2019 Shawn Mendes: The Tour
Christina Aguilera December 7, 2019 The X Tour
Seventeen January 17, 2020 SEVENTEEN WORLD TOUR 'ODE TO YOU'
Mon Laferte January 18, 2020 La Gira de Norma
Ghost March 3, 2020 A Final Gig Named Death


  1. ^ "Palacio de los Deportes, legado de los Olímpicos del 68". El Financiero. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2019.

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

Succeeded by
Palasport Pianella
Cucciago, Cantù