Television broadcasts of the competition reached 120 countries with a potential audience of 604 million viewers
BARCELONA, July 21 (European press) –
The Organizing Committee of the 2022 Women’s Hockey World Cup and the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation (RFEH) presented, on Thursday, the scales of the world event in Terrassa (Barcelona), one of the stadiums along with Amstelveen (Netherlands), which turned the city into the “real” capital of the sport with More than 36,000 participants during 17 days of competition.
“Terrassa adds a new experience, showing once again that we are the cradle of hockey in the country and a sporting standard both nationally and internationally. The World Cup has given us an opportunity to present ourselves to the world,” explained the president. At a press conference for the Organizing Committee of the Terrassa 2022 Women’s Hockey World Cup, Miguel Angel Moreno.
The Olympic stadium of the Catalan city hosted 24 matches out of 44 matches, including the World Cup final which once again crowned the Netherlands with the undisputed queens in the sport. During the tournament, the average daily attendance was 3,339 people, with a record attendance in the last match of 7,019 spectators.
In the case of the ‘Red Sticks’ team, who fell (2-0) in the quarter-final against Australia, the match that enjoyed the most support from the local fans was against Argentina that reached the final, who beat Spain (1-4) in the stage groups. “Hockey has won this cup, but also Terrassa for organizing an event of such proportions, which can motivate us in the near future to organize events like this,” said Director of the 2022 World Cup, Berta Bonnaster.
The competition reached a total of 120 countries around the world, registering a potential audience of 604 million people. Among the distribution of viewers, 62 percent were of Spanish nationality, while the remaining 34 came from 34 different countries, such as the Netherlands, Argentina, the United Kingdom, or India, New Zealand, Korea, among others.
“Once we leave the World Cup event, we can say that the test has been passed, played successfully, turning the city into the true capital of hockey for the World Cup and making the sport a hectic activity in recent weeks,” added Miguel Angel Moreno.
The celebration of the sporting event has restored interest in the city of Valles Occidental. The council received 525 inquiries, an exponential increase over last year, with 249 inquiries.
For his part, the representative of the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation, David Serahima, raised the relationship between the authority and the city council for upcoming sporting events. “We have to talk about the future. The hockey heritage is so clear, we’ve put it in the world,” he said.
“All of this brings us to a new challenge that cannot end here, we would like this relationship to go further and be able to bring more events here. Regardless of the scale, the important thing is that things are going well. We wish we could come back.” He concluded his speech on the scales of the 2022 World Cup.
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