• Spain's news in English

Madrid city hall gives up coveted bullfighting box

Jessica Jones · 22 Jun 2015, 14:59

Published: 22 Jun 2015 14:59 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

There was a notable absence at Sunday´s bullfight in Madrid´s famous Las Ventas Bullring. The entire city council box lay empty, reportedly due to plans by left-wing party Ahora Madrid to give up its official box.

The party, a coalition of left-wing parties including Podemos, came second in the recent local election in the Spanish capital, but, thanks to the support of the Spanish socialist party, saw its candidate, retired judge Manuela Carmena, become mayor of the city.

Her appointment toppled the ruling conservative Popular Party which has been in power in the capital for 24 years and the incomers have been swift to put an end to the perceived privileges hitherto enjoyed by the cities politicians. 

"Our idea is to give up all our boxes, we do not want to use them," Ahora Madrid said according to Spanish newspaper, ABC.

The box assigned to Madrid’s city hall enjoys a privileged position in the iconic home of Spanish bullfighting, alongside the royal box, and includes 30 seats spread over five rows with one of the most prized views in the bullring.

According to the company Taurodelta, which runs Madrid’s bullring, as well as several others across Spain, Madrid’s city hall has also contacted the Madrid’s bullfighting body (Centro de Asuntos Taurinos) to request that it stops sending complimentary tickets to bullfights to city hall.

Last week Madrid’s city hall announced via its Twitter account (above) that it would be giving up its box at the city’s Teatro Real.

Instead it will ask the theatre to sell off the tickets to make an estimated €100,000 a year, funds that will be ploughed back into "improving the city’s opera".

Conditions stipulating the use of the box at Las Ventas bullring, however, mean that the management cannot simply sell off the seats but would have to give them away to other institutions, such as bullfighting schools. 

Manuela Carmena has faced challenges since she became mayor of Madrid ten days ago. She had to accept the resignation of her councillor for culture over anti-semitic tweets and ride out calls for a second councillor to resign for taking part in a topless protest in 2011. 

Story continues below…

Another problem has been her conservative rival, Spain's "Iron Lady", Esperanza Aguirre, who this week announced that she would form a shadow government "like in Anglo Saxon countries", to hold the new left-wing city hall to account. 

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Jessica Jones (jessica.jones@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spain worries about tourism future
Photo: Josep Lago / AFP file picture

After basking in its best tourist summer season in 15 years, Spain now sees dark clouds on the horizon as popular destinations reach saturation point and holidaymakers are more thrifty, industry experts say.

Spain’s Socialists lift veto on conservatives
The Socialists have decided to lift their veto on the minority conservative government or not. Photo: Gerard Julien/ AFP

Spain's embattled Socialists on Sunday voted to lift a long-standing veto that has prevented the conservatives from forming a minority government, in what should finally end a ten-month political impasse.

Spain's 'Napflix' aims to bore viewers to sleep
Photo: Screengrab/ Napflix

A Spanish video platform called Napflix, designed to put people to sleep with dull content, was launched this week and its founders are on the lookout for more "monotony and repetition."

Recipe: How to make fabada - traditional Asturian bean stew
Photo: Flavio Lorenzo Sánchez/Flickr

The hearty Asturian dish is a perfect lunch on a cold day... and don't forget the crusty bread and cider!

Brit 'paedo' held on Costa del Sol after Most Wanted appeal

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives was arrested on the Costa Del Sol following a tip-off from an expat just hours after his face appeared on a public appeal.

Spain's parliament approves deficit reduction measures
Photo: Images Money/Flickr

Spanish lawmakers approved on Thursday measures to reduce the public deficit and keep it under the target agreed with the European Union.

'Cubism and War' show opens at Barcelona Picasso Museum
Pablo Picasso Harlequin and Woman with a Necklace. Photo: MP

Barcelona's Picasso Museum unveiled an exhibition on "Cubism and War" on Thursday depicting how one of the most influential artistic styles of the 20th century survived the First World War.

Why this bionic limb pioneer doesn't believe in disability
Hugh Herr has been award Spain's top science prize. Photo: FPA

The Local speaks to Hugh Herr on winning Spain's top science prize and how being an amputee doesn't make him disabled.

Dine in the buff at Spain's first nudist restaurant
A buffet of organic food will be served on "human tables". Photo: Innato / Facebook

Spain's first naked dining experience is to arrive on the island of Tenerife following the success of a similar venture in London.

Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Photo: AFP

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled a bullfighting ban in Catalonia in what is likely to exacerbate tensions between Madrid and the separatist region, and between animal activists and fans of the tradition.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
One dead and 14 injured in blast at Spanish resort
Game of Thrones want extras 'with muscles' to film in Spain
Thousands march in Madrid to push for bullfighting ban
jobs available