Torrevieja’s new Sports City complex was officially opened on Saturday June 5, when the mayor of Torrevieja, Pedro Hernández Mateo, accompanied by the Councillor for Sports, Daniel Plaza Montero, the architect who designed the project, Adolfo Rodriguez, mayors from the Vega Baja, representatives of local sporting bodies and associations plus invited groups and associations, all went on a walking tour of the entire facility.
Mateo Hernandez congratulated the builders for their excellent work and highlighted the spectacular nature of the new Sports City, which makes it the most important in Valencia. Over the next month, week by week, new areas of the complex shall be inaugurated with the first major International competition being a ‘sevens’ rugby tournament on June 18 and 19. Until June 12, visitors can tour the facilities during open days; 19:00 to 22:00, Monday to Friday and from 19:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday, starting from the meeting point at the main entrance of the Palacio de los Deportes “Infanta Cristina”.
Torrevieja’s Sports City now features an additional artificial turf soccer field to compliment the two that already existed plus four covered seating areas, changing rooms, stores and medical equipment. There is a spectacular racket sports area, encompassing ten tennis courts, a ‘show court’ tennis centre with seating for 700 spectators and the capability to expand to 1,700 spectators plus changing rooms and toilets, eight paddle tennis courts, multipurpose room (for aerobics, meetings, exhibitions, etc), administration office, cafeteria, a large gymnasium of 400 square meters and two squash courts.
The showcase of the entire sports centre is a multipurpose field, marked out for both Rugby and Football, with a capacity for 3,000 spectators, which also has been inspected and approved for international competition. Torrevieja’s Sports City now includes the Cecilio Gallego Pavilion (Blue Pavilion), Palacio de los Deportes Infanta Cristina “which has an Olympic size heated swimming pool, Municipal Park, Antonio Soria with two Font Tennis areas, the Daniel Plaza Athletics Track, Municipal Gymnasium, Municipal Football Stadium “Vicente García” two sand football fields, three artificial turf next to the Palacio de los Deportes, a new facility to be built on the old Tennis court area plus nearly 23,000 square meters of parking area and over 5,000 square meters of green areas.
The Mayor, obviously delighted by the complex, noted that although the planned ice rink and residential apartments were not part of the final complex, he considered the new Sports City as a very special facility that will offer athletics from the Southern Costa Blanca the very best in resources for many different sports and hoped that Torrevieja will also be viewed as a major sports centre alongside its growing reputation for education, health and culture, within Spain.