A Day of Sport
Men's basketball tours the rich history of sports in the city of Barcelona.
Aug. 24, 2010
BARCELONA - The LMU men's basketball team spent a full day in the city of Barcelona on Tuesday, touring the many sites that make up the rich history of sports that spans over a century in the coastal community. The Lions international tour in Spain continued with trips to F.C. Barcelona and Olympic Park.
Many describe the Barcelona Foot Ball club stadium the "other" cathedral. The stadium, which is called Camp Nou, is one of the largest in the world and seats more than 100,000 and includes a museum with that displays the club's trophies. The stadium was constructed in 1957 and has hosted many UEFA Champions League finals.
Following the tour of the F.C. Barcelona stadium, the took a short drive to Montjuic Hill. Several thousand years ago, Iberic Celts settled on the Montjuic, a 100-foot high hill southeast of Barcelona's current city center. The hill was later used by the Romans as a ceremonial place.
In 1992, the hill became the center of the Olympic games. Included in the massive sports "complex" or Olympic ensemble is Olympic Stadium, Palau San Jordi and Calatrave Tower. The Palau San Jordi is where the original dream team played in the Olympics and won the gold medal.
The tour continued into the coastal site of the Olympic Village where most of the athletes stayed in 1992. The our came to an end with a lunch in the village.
The Lions then spent the afternoon on a scavenger hunt throughout the city of Barcelona, dividing into teams to find many of the important land marks and facts that make up the rich history of Barcelona. They ended the day with a practice at a local gym.
The team will spend the day on Wednesday learning the rich history of Ignatius of Loyola and Montserrat Hill.