It was built in 1929 and the first bullfight was in 1931. Today it is still considered to be the main bullfighting arena in Madrid holding up to 23,000 spectators. Much like our football and baseball stadiums this one is multi-functional: "off-season" it is a venue for rock concerts.
Madrid's bullring attracts both the real 'aficionados' (fans) of bullfighting who really understand the art of bullfighting, as much as tourists. It is the hardest bullring in which to succeed for matadors. The best time to see a bullfight in Madrid is during the months of May and June when San Isidro, the world's most famous bullfighting festival takes place. Everyday for three weeks there are fights at 7 o'clock in the evening which last from two to three hours. The price of the seats depends upon how close they are to the "arena" and whether they are in the sun or the shade (the latter being more expensive). Tickets are difficult to get hold of during San Isidro as every evening is a sell-out. For less important bullfights during the rest of the season you can often get tickets at the Las Ventas bullring ticket offices on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 14h and 17 to 20h. Also, on the day of the fight itself (Sunday) from 10h until 19h. A number of ticket offices also offer tickets in the centre of Madrid.
Behind the Plaza de Toros is the Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum). This museum can be a good introduction to bullfighting for those who want to understand the event. Here you'll see the costume (traje de luces -suit of lights) that the bullfighter Manolete was wearing when he was gored to death at age 30 in Linares's bullring. Other exhibits include a Goya's painting of a matador, as well as photographs and relics that trace the history of bullfighting in Spain from its ancient origins to the present day.
The Plaza de Manuel Becerra is the junction of the Calle de Alcalá, the Calle de Francisco Silvela and the Calle del Doctor Esquerdo.