August is the time that college basketball programs take their overseas trips, and one of the most popular destinations for that travel is Barcelona.
On Thursday evening, tragedy struck in one of the city’s most popular tourist locations, as a van driven down Las Ramblas struck pedestrians. Local authorities have confirmed there are fatalities and are terming the incident a “terror attack”.
At least five programs are currently in Barcelona: Clemson, Arizona, Oregon State, Grand Canyon and Tulane. All five programs have released statements confirming that all members of the traveling parties are safe and accounted for.
The attack occurred right outside Clemson’s hotel. The team is currently on lockdown.
According to Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle, the attack “happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant.”
Our entire travel party is safe and accounted for following the situation in Barcelona today. Our thoughts are with the people affected.
— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) August 17, 2017
— Go Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) August 17, 2017
To our friends and family back home, the team & staff are safe and were not in the Las Ramblas area. Our thoughts are with those affected.
— GCU Men's Basketball (@GCU_MBB) August 17, 2017
Everyone associated with @GreenWaveMBB is safe and accounted for in Barcelona today after an incident involving a van injuring pedestrians.
— Troy Dannen (@TU_Dannen) August 17, 2017
Travel party with Clemson men's basketball team currently in Barcelona is safe and secure… pic.twitter.com/GsmmGha2dR
— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) August 17, 2017