|Anti-bullfighting protesters march in Bogotá last Sunday.|
|Workers preparing the plaza for bullfighting recently.|
Bullfighting has been under siege here since Mayor Gustavo Petro managed to block the activity
during most of his mayoralty. However, a 2016 court ruling obligated the city to allow the fights because they are a tradition here, even tho current Mayor Enrique Peñalosa (perhaps after having observed that the anti-bullfighting crowds are far larger and more motivated than are the bullfighting fans), says he wants to ban bullfighting as well. It also seems as tho bullfighting is getting aged out, since today's young people have other interests, such as videos, football and Pokemon Go.
|Men buying tickets to a bullfights. Bullfighting reportedly is |
losing popularity, and its fans are aging.
|A billboard advertises |
entertainment is a cruel spectacle which harkens back to centuries ago.
But if bullfighting ends, will the historic, Moorish-influenced stadium find another life? The panels the city put on its front call it the 'Plaza of a Thousand Uses,' but it receives almost no use at all outside of bullfighting season and a few tourist visits. A rare exception this year was the Davis
Cup Tennis Tournament, held in the stadium. (Colombia lost Croacia.)
|Bicycle tourists outside the bullfighting stadium.|
|A sport with a future? Advertising a bullfighting school.|
|A rare alternative use for the stadium: An art festivale.|
|Women's volleyball in the bullfighting plaza.|
|Big time wrestling inside the bullfighting plaza.|