The capital of Spain is home to three top basketball league teams. Also, it welcomes big names in the field of international tennis and athletics, who come to compete in the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament and the San Silvestre Vallecana footrace.
In Madrid, basketball is almost as popular as football. Real Madrid, Estudiantes and Fuenlabrada, a town about 15 kilometres from the centre of the capital, are all clubs that play in the top-level men’s pro basketball league ACB. The Barclaycard Center is the home arena of Real Madrid and Estudiantes, and it hosts ACB and Euroleague games.
Having hosted historic games, this year it was one of the venues of the final phase of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014.
Since 2002, Caja Mágica, an impressive tennis centre designed by French architect Dominique Perrault, has staged one of the world’s leading tennis competitions: the Mutua Madrid Open. Top players, both men and women, come to Madrid in May to compete in this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, so it’s a good chance to see the big names in action.
Madrileños love not only football but athletics too. Hundreds of cheering spectators take to the streets every year to watch the Madrid Marathon and Half Marathon.
The Half Marathon is one of the road running events held in Europe that attract the highest number of athletes (nearly 17,000 in 2014). The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Madrid & ½
A city with a deeply rooted cycling tradition, Madrid has played witness to the development of the brilliant careers of Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre, among other pro elite riders. What’s more, the final stage of the Vuelta Ciclista a España normally finishes in Paseo de la Castellana.
Bicycle culture is quite strong among Madrileños, who’re getting used to the increasingly longer bike lanes in the city. In addition, there’s a 64km-long green belt in the metropolitan area.
In 2005, La Zarzuela Racecourse was reopened and horse races came back to Madrid. This venue offers a combination of entertainment and sports, hosting races in spring, summer (evening racing) and fall. There are nearly 40 race days every year, with more than 230 events.
Club de Campo too has a premier equestrian centre, which organises the renowned CSI 5* Madrid, included in the Global Champions Tour. This is the world’s most important show jumping event, bringing together the best riders and delivering an incredibly high money prize.
Another international event drawing lots of visitors to Madrid year after year is the Spanish Truck GP, awarding points for the European Truck Racing Championship. It takes place at the Jarama race track in San Sebastián de los Reyes, on the outskirts of Madrid, on a single weekend in September or October.
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