SAN JUAN, PR – On March 23, the Puerto Rico Convention Center (PRCC) hosted the island’s National Baseball Team upon their return from the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles, CA, where the team won a silver medal.
A sea of the Puerto Rican flags greeted the team when the plane landed at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. The display was followed by a press conference where the players and managers received a hero’s reception from officials representing Puerto Rico’s governor, Dr. Ricardo Rosselló. After the airport reception, a victory parade led by two large buses headed toward the PRCC for the welcome ceremony. Once the parade stopped at the convention center, an impressive lineup of local artists, singers and musical groups entertained a crowd of more than 12,000. The baseball team showed their gratitude by taking pictures with fans, signing autographs and addressing the attendees.
The Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority (PRCCA) and convention center management company AEG invited Casa De Niños Manuel Fernandez Juncos, a nonprofit charity that shelters orphan boys, to be special guests at the ceremony. PRCCA Executive Director Omar Marrero and PRCC General Manager Jorge Perez gave the children a tour of the PRCC facilities and took them backstage to meet Puerto Rico’s National Baseball Team.
“This is a historical moment in Puerto Rico’s history, and we are honored to share this memorable experience with the boys of Casa Manuel Fernandez Juncos,” stated Perez. See F&D’s interview with Perez in the 2016 Summer issue.