Conrad Son discusses how the construction associated with the Olympic buildup was a challenge.
Oh, I remember that very, very well The noise. The drilling. Everywhere. Everything was closed. Now the subway. Now the bus. Not this still street. You couldn’t park. I remember it as a really, really important change. The television full of commercials. I was also involved, working with the Red Cross back then. So I was part of the volunteer force, taking classes…everything. I remember some facilities weren’t finished in time. There was a village for athletes completed just in time. It was creating the Roman Empire. It was very big, and there wasn’t a lot of time. I think it was very well-planned, but sometimes things go awry. The planning was very good, but, as a citizen, it was difficult. Yet, we had a sense of accomplishment. It was a huge project, and we completed it. And when the man said, “Well, it’s done. Everything’s fine,” we all felt freed. And when the man said, “Well, it’s done. Everything’s fine,” we all felt relief. He said, “But now that it’s ready, now, it really begins.” I went to many events. If nobody was attending, you could get in for free. There were soccer matches between teams of little consequence. “Ireland vs. Macedonia!” I don’t know, countries that didn’t have big leagues. It wasn’t Germany, or Holland, or anything like that, because we din’t have enough money for that sort of thing. I went to two or three soccer matches with my wife and many of them were for free. Archery…I’d never seen archery before in my life, or sports that you’d only see on TV, and since they were right here, we went. Because it was in Barcelona and you thought, “I’ll never get another chance.” And we watched sports that made you happy, that we didn’t no existed. It made the city feel exciting, and what was most important, it changed the mood of everything. It really elevated the Barcelona branded. And Cobi beat flamenco and the bull. A total victory, and I believe that Barcelona took a great step forward.