Gran Canaria Arena: Basketball World Cup #Spain2014

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This year Spain are hosting the Basketball World Cup 2014 and Gran Canaria is host to group D -

  • Angola
  • Australia
  • Korea
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Slovenia


Over the weekend I had the pleasure of watching my first ever basketball game at the brand new Gran Canaria Arena in Las Palmas.

We headed to the booth to pick up our tickets and then over to Siete Palmas shopping center for some dinner at VIPS restaurant until the first game, Australia v Slovenia was due to start.

I snapped this photo of Gran Canaria Arena as the atmosphere was building, which is right next to Las Palmas football stadium 'Estadio Gran Canaria'.



After a quick security check on the gates, we entered the arena. I was really surprised, the place was very well lit, (great for taking photos) and much more intimate than say, a football match.



We arrived just in time for tip-off between Australia and Slovenia. CB Gran Canaria's very own Brad Newley was in the house with his fellow Aussie Boomers, so although the majority of fans were there cheering for Slovenia, Newley and the Aussies had support and chants of 'Pio Pio' from Gran Canaria basketball fans. The final score was AUSTRALIA 80 - SLOVENIA 90.

As I mentioned, this was my first experience with a live basketball game, having only seen them in American movies and whenever my other half is watching Real Madrid basketball team on tv. Popcorn and snacks were on offer, just like in the cinema years ago! I couldn't resist as we watched the second game of the day Mexico v Lithuania. (final score MEX 74 - LTU 87)



Although I didn't see any foam fingers, the fans did get into the spirit with flags, face paint, inflatable Kangaroos and later on there was even a Lithuania fan with an interesting piece of head gear! 10 out of 10 for this awesome basketball hoop and ball hat!



What can I say except I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I can see myself going to a few more games at Gran Canaria Arena in the future. The atmosphere and even the quarter and halftime entertainment from the cheer teams was fantastic. I was half shocked, half amazed at one part of the routine where 2 of the cheerleaders are hurtled up into the basketball hoop! You can see in the short video I took below.



Have you ever been to a basketball game?




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Gran Canaria Vines

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This isn't a post about the best Gran Canaria wines, but it is about short videos of Gran Canaria known as Vines.

Here are my most recent clips, the first one of a drive through Arguineguin uses the new app from Instagram known as Hyperlapse.






This was a drive into Puerto Rico past the Shopping Center on a busy Friday afternoon.



Last but not least, this evening's sunset from the natural beach by Sunwing Hotel Arguineguin.


Are you on Vine? You can find Gran Canaria here: Gran Canaria Vine



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USA Basketball Team in Gran Canaria

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It's not very often that I write about sport here on Gran Canaria blog, but, we do have some important games coming up with Spain 2014 BasketBall World Cup.

There is a lot of buzz about the USA men's basketball team presence on the island for a pre World Cup friendly. It's not all work and no play, the team enjoyed some time on Playa del Inglés beach.

They have been using the Pabellón de El Tablero for their daily training, which is where I spotted them this afternoon after practice.

NBA star James Harden who plays for the Houston Rockets, took some time after practice to meet fans and sign autographs.



Gran Canaria has group D for the World Cup and games start on Saturday 30th August in the new Gran Canaria Arena in Las Palmas. Check out the schedule here:



Are you ready for Spain 2014? Which team will you be cheering on?





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