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Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodríguez “El Pana” (El Pana Bullring)

Apizaco

It’s a fact that Apizaco history is interwoven with threads, train wagons and fiesta brava. These elements make this town’s heart vibrate between traditions, so it’s essential visiting its Plaza de Toros (bullring), the state’s biggest due to its up to eight thousand attendees capacity. Previously known as “La Monumental”, its name was changed to Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodríguez “El Pana” to honor the city’s most important bullfighter. This was decided through a poll: he was the most voted, over two other this city natives great figures: Uriel Moreno “El Zapata” and Rafael Ortega.

It was inaugurated on December 27, 1986 with a great lineup headed by Miguel Espinosa “Armillita”, Manolo Mejía and Alberto Ortega with bulls from Piedras Negras, to name a few. The bullring design was inspired by Mexican colonial architecture, so a tile roof covers its box seats and the perimeter circulation.

Around it there’s a large-format sculpture made by the artist Diódoro Rodríguez, dedicated to the other brave Tlaxcalan. It also houses the Apizaco municipal bullfighting school, which helps to preserve the bullfighting tradition.

Located on Emilio Sánchez Piedras boulevard, within the “Emilio Sánchez Piedras” exhibition center, we can assure you that definitely bullfighting season, in March, is the best time to visit it. The Plaza de Toros is also a stage for shows such as concerts, exhibitions, talks, presentations and the annual Apizaco fair.
It’s a fact that Apizaco history is interwoven with threads, train wagons and fiesta brava. These elements make this town’s heart vibrate between traditions, so it’s essential visiting its Plaza de Toros (bullring), the state’s biggest due to its up to eight thousand attendees capacity. Previously known as “La Monumental”, its name was changed to Plaza de Toros Rodolfo Rodríguez “El Pana” to honor the city’s most important bullfighter. This was decided through a poll: he was the most voted, over two other this city natives great figures: Uriel Moreno “El Zapata” and Rafael Ortega.

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It was inaugurated on December 27, 1986 with a great lineup headed by Miguel Espinosa “Armillita”, Manolo Mejía and Alberto Ortega with bulls from Piedras Negras, to name a few. The bullring design was inspired by Mexican colonial architecture, so a tile roof covers its box seats and the perimeter circulation.

Around it there’s a large-format sculpture made by the artist Diódoro Rodríguez, dedicated to the other brave Tlaxcalan. It also houses the Apizaco municipal bullfighting school, which helps to preserve the bullfighting tradition.

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