Latin America: Biggest Bull Ring

Because they were afraid that Mexico City's new bull ring might not be as solid as it looked, Government officials insisted on testing the upper deck with tens of thousands of bags of cement before letting 48,699 enthusiastic aficionados swarm in for last week's inaugural corrida. Besides being the world's largest, the ring is the world's fanciest, will have indirect illumination for night fights. Spain's great torero, Manolete, spry again after his recent goring (TIME, Dec. 24), starred at the opening, was paid $25,000 (U.S.) for killing two bulls.

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