Palacio de los Deportes is an indoor arena within the sports complex Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City, which hosted the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games for the competitions of basketball. Since then the venue has hosted volleyball and basketball matches. The arena also organises big expositions and rock or pop concerts, for which there is a special pavilion.
The arena can accommodate 17,800 people for football and the overall capacity is approximately 20,000. The Sports Palace was designed for a wide variety of programming: boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, fencing, and others, 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.
The Sports Palace was constructed specifically for the Olympic basketball competition. It is circular in design with a square-patterned dome spanning 120 metres and enclosing an area of 6.7 acres. The dome consists of hyperbolic paraboloids of tubular aluminum covered with waterproof copper-sheathed plywood and supported by huge steel arches.
Designed by architects Félix Candela, A. Peyri and E. Castañeda Tamborell, the structure has three floors, which house complete facilities for athletes, judges, officials, organisers, as well as services for radio, television and the press. A mezzanine provides access to the boxes and middle and upper stands.