The arena serves as the headquarters of the National Sports Institute, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER).
The Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva is a sports complex, located at the intersection of Via Blanca and Boyeros Avenues in Havana, Cuba. Around 4 million pesos were spent on the construction of this sports complex. It was opened to the spectators in the year 1957. The Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva is considered to be one of the most significant and striking works of Cuban engineering. The sports complex underwent renovation and extension in the year 1959. The front garden of the Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva has a bronze statue of a naked woman running. It is titled "The Goal" and is the work of sculptor Fernando Boada Martin. It was made in between 1936-1937. The arena also has an outdoor gym, baseball grounds, and basketball court. In 2009, a Creole Ball arena, futsal arena and volleyball area were also installed.
In 1971, the sports complex played host to the fifth World Championship of Modern Rhythmic Gymnastics. Cuba occupied the fourth place in all and sixth place in the ring.
Both the "XXVII World Championship" and the "Pan American I" of Lifting of Weights were conducted at the arena in the year 1973.
The stadium inaugurated the Workers' Games in the year 1978.
The inauguration of the XVII World Chess Olympiad was held at arena in the year 1966.
The XXVIII World Championship of Fencing was hosted by the Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva in 1969 in which Cuba secured the 10th position.
The opening ceremony of the 7th World Championship of Underwater Hunting was also held here in the year 1967.