While it looks like it's really a huge difference from watching a Knicks game or cheering on Man utd, that is certainly the key reason why you ought to check out a bullfight when you are on holiday. Once you get past that whole cruel-to-animals thing, you really have to look at ropa taurina
because art that it must be.
Madrid's bullring's official name is La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. It really is amazing from an architectural standpoint, an amazing red brick and ceramic tile mudejar-style structure exploding out of the ground in a residential neighborhood.
From your suits the matadors wear, on the whole spectacle with all the audience waving their white handkerchiefs, to go to a bullfight is a great opportunity to come with an up-close encounter with a very unique and extraordinary (albeit somewhat barbaric) tradition. When you go to a bullfight you'll be either very interested and jump up and shout "Ole!" with the die-hard locals, or feel that the entire thing can be a barbaric and unjust setup that you would desire to distance yourself from. Many tourists look at the bullring only to leave after around 30 minutes.
Las Ventas is located at they eponymous metro stop (Ventas, L2). You literally can't miss it. Bullfights come about weekly from March to October.
A ticket to some bullfight can be be extremely expensive. The closer to the bullring you are sitting, the more expensive it's. The value range is usually 200-15 euros. The most affordable tickets are presents itself the stadium and there's no shade. But, you have a great overview of the entire spectacle.