In 1991, Seville became an athletics centre. The Cartoga Olympic Stadium was my venue World Athletics Championships. For the first time, the lights of the sporting world lit up in an Andalusian city. In 2005, history repeated itself. This time it was Malaga that hosted Mediterranean Games. An event that brought together the best athletes from the Mediterranean countries. Year after year, Jerez becomes the world capital of motorcycles. In fact, the Jerez CircuitToday it is one of the oldest and most famous MotoGP championships.
Andalusia and sport have historically gone hand in hand. The good climate and welcoming attitude of its people have made it today a An ideal area to host high-level sporting events. The year 2023 was no less and became a backdrop for competitions no less important Davis Cup, Solheim Cup and Kings and Queens League Final.
Andalusia, Golf Mecca
Andalusia 2023 has consolidated itself among the golf sector. This year, the famous international competitions chose the Spanish region to hold their championships. From June to July 2023, it was held for the first time at Real Club Valderrama, in Sotogrande, Cádiz, LIV Golf Andalusia 2023. It is one of the most important circuits in the world, born from the merger between the PGA Tour, the European Tour and LIV Golf. Furthermore, following this unification, Real Club Valderrama has secured five tournaments over the next seven years.
On the other hand, the elite of women’s golf gathered at the end of September at the Finca de Cortesin de Casares in the province of Málaga. Specifically, this place hosted Solheim CupIt is a tournament in which the best European and American players participate, which was created after the agreement between the Women’s European Tour and the LPGA circuits.
Malaga and Seville are the headquarters of international tennis
If there’s one thing that will be talked about next November in Andalusian cities, it’s tennis. In reality, From 7 to 12 November Billie Jean King Cup, Nations Tennis Championship, Federation Cup heir. In this edition, the Spanish national team, led by Anabel Medina, played at home, specifically at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville. In this way, Seville will succeed Glasgow in the UK, which was the city where the Billie Jean King Gainbridge Trophy final was held in 2022.
Within men’s tennis, Malaga was chosen to host the tournament Davis Cup, an international tennis competition organized by the International Tennis Federation (FIT). from here, From November 21 to 26, the event will once again be held at the José María Martín Carpeña Sports PalaceAs happened last year. It is one of the most important competitions with a long history in the world of tennis and sports in general. In fact, more than a hundred countries will follow this edition. Last year, about 63,000 people went to Carpina to watch the competition, and 55% of them came from outside Andalusia.
League of Kings and Queens
Almost a month ago, Malaga’s La Rosaleda Stadium hosted the final match of the year’s sporting phenomenon: League of Kings and Queens. More than 30,000 people came to the venue to participate in the football ceremony and live broadcast. A day marked by the presence of great football stars such as Joaquín, the former Malaga player, and Iker Casillas, who worked as a referee. As Gigantes president Gerard Romero admitted, the Malaga crowd was the best of the three finals held so far, thus surpassing the fans of Camp Nou and Civitas Metropolitano.