When “sports” and “Barcelona” are joined in the same sentence, it normally has something to do with football. But even when FC Barcelona is such a big part of its identity from a foreigner’s point of view, the truth is that the city has something for fans of every athletic game – and equestrian sports are no exception.
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This September, from 22 to 25, CSIO Barcelona will be the stage for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final. This will be the fourth year in a row that Barcelona hosts the event, which will take place at the Olympic arena of the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. If you’re a fan of equestrian sports, you know it’s going to be awesome. If you’re not, here’s a good chance to become one, as you’ll have the chance to see the greatest riders in the world competing for the biggest glory in the sport of horse jumping.
9 different competitions will take place over the 4 days of the event, with 6 being individual and 3 a part of the Nations Cup™ Final. These will feature 18 teams – Europe will be represented by 9 countries, while the continents of North and Central America, South America, Middle East and Asia/Australia will bring 2 nations each to Barcelona. The African continent will have a single representative.
You can find a more detailed competition schedule at the official website of CSIO Barcelona 2016.
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The event will host several extra activities to provide attendees with entertainment at all times.
PoloPark – Using the large green area of the city’s Polo Field, the PoloPark will be the same kind of festival space you’d find at a music event, except everything here will be about equestrian sports and its related lifestyle. Try one of the various entertainment experiences on offer or have a tasty bite in one of the many food stands.
Equestrian shows – There will be plenty of exhibitions for you to attend, featuring not only horses but also dogs.
Closing ceremony – To celebrate the 105th edition of the event, the organizers have prepared a spectacular light and colour show, greatly inspired by the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games closing ceremony.
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How to get there
Real Club de Polo’s Olympic arena is located at Avda. Dr. Marañón 19-31. You can get there easily using public transportation. If you prefer the metro, take the green line (L3) to Zona Universitària. This is the same exit you should use if you take the Tram. If you’d rather ride a bus, numbers 7, 33, 54, 67, 68, 74, 75, 113 or 167 will get you to your destination.
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