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Bullring renovation concludes ahead of reopening at Marbella Arena

Preparations in the Marbella Arena at the end of last week.
Preparations in the Marbella Arena at the end of last week. / SUR
  • The Puerto Banús venue opens on Sunday with an international boxing tournament

The Puerto Banús bullring prepares to unveil its facelift this weekend as it reopens as a venue for sports and cultural events.

Renamed Marbella Arena, the bullring will host a two-month programme of events before it closes again in October for the second stage of its renovation work.

The opening comes late, however, as the venue was originally set to hold its first events in May or June. Complications with the works were behind the delay.

"As the bullring has been closed for eight years, the cement of the spectator stands had suffered moisture penetration and corrosion that has had to be repaired," explained Rafael Sánchez, of the TeatroGoya group which now owns the building.

The area is due to reopen this Sunday 4 August for a boxing tournament in which Joana Pastrana will defend her International Boxing Federation world title against Costa Rican Yokasta Valle. The evening will also include fights involving local stars of K1 kickboxing and Muay Thai.

The programme of concerts starts with Diego El Cigala and Navajita Plateá on 6 August.

The new arena has a capacity for 5,300 people (1,200 seated in the ring and the rest in the stands).