Aug. 26, 2012
PLEASE NOTE: UCLA's game against Shanghai Jiao Tong University will feature an online video stream at http://youku.com at 4 am Pacific time Monday morning (7 pm Monday in Shanghai). Reports indicate that connection and streaming speeds in the United States will be slow.
UPDATED TICKET INFORMATION: Fans interested in purchasing tickets to UCLA's game against the Shanghai Sharks on Tuesday, Aug. 28, are advised to visit the following website: http://www.damai.cn/ticket_40656.html. Prices in China are as follows: 80 rnb, 120 rnb, 180 rnb, while set tickets cost 300 rnb (two tickets for the 180 rnb seats). The hotline is 4006 103721.
SHANGHAI - The UCLA men's basketball team enjoyed a travel day on Sunday as its goodwill tour in China moved from Beijing to Shanghai. One day after playing their first exhibition game, the Bruins welcomed a change of scenery on their weeklong foreign tour.
UCLA's morning began in Beijing, where the Bruins headed to the airport before taking flight toward Shanghai at 11:30 a.m. The team's travel party landed in Shanghai by 1:45 p.m. and took a bus to the Pine City Hotel, a gorgeous 19-story building with fantastic views of the city's skyline.
"The look of this city reminds me a lot of Las Vegas, when you talk about the abundance of bright lights and buildings," junior guard Tyler Lamb said. "It's the perfect place to go if you're a tourist. You look around, and you've got all these beautiful buildings. The whole setting is surreal, it's crazy."
Players had more time to discover the city than had been anticipated because the team's previously-scheduled workout was canceled. Players were allowed the afternoon to explore Shanghai, giving the team a break from the trip's regimented schedule.
Some players shopped in various districts of Shanghai, while others rested in the hotel as UCLA will play two exhibition games in the next two days (Monday and Tuesday in Shanghai).
For the second time in the last three nights, UCLA hosted a meet and greet event at the team's hotel. Coaches and players introduced themselves to the group of over 50 UCLA alumni and friends of the program. The evening's reception included complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres, as well as the opportunity to pick up tickets (at no cost) to UCLA's next two exhibition games in China.
UCLA dined as a team at New Heights, a contemporary restaurant above "The Bund," a well-known waterfront area of Shanghai that runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River. Following dinner, the team spent the evening aboard a river boat cruise on the Huangpu River. Hanging out atop the boat's rooftop deck, UCLA enjoyed the fantastic view of Shanghai's skyline lit up at night.
With just two full days remaining in Shanghai, the Bruins are back in action on the basketball court Monday evening against Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. UCLA will face the Shanghai Sharks, a professional team from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), on Tuesday night at 8 p.m.