Hospitalet Municipal Football Stadium hosts 25th anniversary celebrations of Barcelona ’92 Olympics

Around 800 people attended the so-called Commemoration Party for the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Olympic Games that took place on 18 July at the Hospitalet Municipal Football Stadium. Visitors were able to enjoy a whole host of activities, including live performances and sports shows.

The event, which began at 6.00 pm, featured the performance of the Municipal School of Music – Centre for the Arts, which delivered a masterclass of activities led by local sports centres to the soundtrack of music from 1992, performed by the group Deseisaocho la Banda. What’s more, a commemorative mural designed by Contorno Urbano was unveiled.

The Hospitalet Hercules Baseball and Softball Club played a key role in the event, helping to promote the whole idea of baseball. Several members of the team that competed in the 1992 Olympic Games were among the crowd. What’s more, there was an exhibition narrating the 75-year history of the club.

The day also featured activities laid on by Hospitalet-based sports entities such as the artistic gymnastics, table tennis and volleyball clubs, as well as the Hospitalet sports council.

The event was attended by many of the 8,000 volunteers from the city who were games organisers.

L’Hospitalet, Olympic venue

In 1992, the city became an Olympic venue, playing host to the baseball competition. The Hospitalet Municipal Football Stadium played host to the games played by teams from Cuba, the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Chinese Taipei (aka Taiwan), Italy, Japan and Spain.

In 1999, the stadium was redeveloped and became the current Hospitalet Municipal Football Stadium, where the city’s team currently plays.

Hospitalet to convert current baseball stadium into pioneering facility in Europe

The current baseball stadium in the city of Hospitalet will soon be converted into a space playing host to baseball, softball and American football. All these sports have deep roots in the city, reflected by the huge success of the local teams here, even though they lack the ideal facilities for optimal performance.

This project is a pioneer in Europe, as one stadium will play host to the three sports in a single space on a multi-purpose pitch without separations. As of today, such facilities are only found in Japan and the United States.

Not only does this project focus on redeveloping the pitch as such, but it also sets out to meet current needs and make Feixa Llarga a major sporting hub in the city and another important attraction for sports tourism.

The redevelopment works are slated to start in one year’s time and have a budget of 2 million euros.

Hospitalet, Sports Tourism Destination

The city of Hospitalet has since 2015 been an official Sports Tourism Destination. The Catalan Tourism Board awards this accolade to destinations in Catalonia which have high-quality infrastructures and services for sports. Hospitalet is the first town in the Barcelona area to receive this certificate in the multi-sport category.

This certificate is aimed at a very specific and discerning audience: top-flight athletes, tourists who take sport-focussed holidays, visitors who engage in sports on their holidays, and fans who travel to major sporting events. And this is exactly how the new Feixa Llarga project sets out to promote Hospitalet as a Sports Tourism Destination.

Cristian Alfonso comes back to CE L’Hospitalet

If Cristian Gómez came back a few months ago, now it’s the turn of another local star with a huge fanbase, Cristian Alfonso. The midfielder, who had been training with the team for weeks, has reached an agreement with the club to play until the end of the season.
Alfonso was always one of the star players of Hospitalet, impressing fans with his amazing skills. He originally played three seasons for the team, in which he was capped 99 times and scored 21 goals. His skills soon caught the attention of Espanyol, who gave him his first division debut. However, he didn’t totally fit in at the Barcelona team and was loaned out to Alarcón and then to Girona to play in the Second Division. In the 2015-16 season, he returned to CE L’Hospitalet and then went off to Lleida Esportiu the following year, where he only stayed for one season. Now, after a few months without a team and some weeks training with Xavi Molist’s team, he’s setting out on a new adventure with Hospitalet.
Meanwhile, players leaving the club include Edipo Rodriguez and Kilian Villaverde, who’s heading to Granollers for more pitch time. This departure would only allow the signing of a new under-23 player, something that the club has ruled out, as it’s looking for a more experienced player.