The Ciudad Deportiva, a coliseum for sports in Cuba

The Ciudad Deportiva, a coliseum for sports in Cuba

Heritage & Traditions

By Petra Joaquina

The Sports City Colisseum is located in Havana, Cuba, at the intersection of Vía Blanca and Avenida Boyeros.

The complex opened its doors in 1957 and is used to carry out indoor sporting events such as basketball, boxing or fencing, as well as being one of the headquarters of the men's national volleyball team.

It is a circular building with a diameter of 103.2 meters and a capacity for 25,000 people that was built using around 20,000 cubic meters of concrete.

Classified as one of the most important works of Cuban Civil Engineering, it is supported by 48 columns and its interior can be accessed through smooth ramps that in turn serve as a viewpoint.

In the front, over the garden, there is a bronze statue of a naked woman running with open spleens, a work entitled "La Meta" (Finish Line) by the sculptor Fernando Boada Martín, made between 1936-1937.

It is recognized as the great house of Cuban sports and has shown that sports, education and physical recreation are practiced in Cuba as a means of expansion and solidarity among the population and the exaltation of the highest human values.

Cuban sports development, with the Sports City as its maximum exponent of momentous events, has allowed Cuba today to be among the top 10 countries in the field of Olympic and World sports.

Among the events with the greatest impact that have taken place in this installation is the 4th World Series of boxing, with the confrontation between Domadores de Cuba and Russia, where Cuba won, in December 2013.