The construction of the 11,000 square metre bullring, also known as Colisseu Balear, began in 1915. The City Council commissioned the design to the architect Gaspar Bennàssar i Moner, who was born in Palma and died in Barcelona in 1933. He moulded the face of Palma like almost no other architect, as in 1901 he was appointed the city’s official architect.
Some examples of his work are the promenade Paseo de la Sagrera, the stairs of the Mirador of the cathedral Le Seu, the Teatro Lírico, several hotel and bank buildings, as well as the famous Plaça de toros de Palma.
At that time Gaspar Bennàssar i Moner was in his neo-baroque and neo-gothic phase, which is why the imposing circular building with a diameter of 44 metres has a special historical appearance and looks older than it really is. The circular bullring has a capacity of 11,620 spectators and was inaugurated on 29 July 1929 with the first bullfight. Today, not only bullfighting events are held here, but also concerts, sports competitions and shows.
International stars who have already performed at the Colisseu Balear include Joe Cocker, Simply Red, Joe Cocker, Simply Red and the Scorpions. The summer edition of the TV quiz show “Wetten, dass…”? It took place a total of six times in the arena. It is also the only bullring in the world to have hosted an ATP tennis tournament. The building was placed under monumental protection by the Government of the Balearic Islands, is owned by the company Exclusivas Balaña and is managed by the Asociación de Funciones Taurinas.