52,999 people bid Tito Vilanova farewell / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

The remembrance space for Tito Vilanova at the Camp Nou opened its doors at nine o’clock this morning and following the 20,802 visitors who paid their tributes on Saturday, Barça fans again responded massively, with 32,197 more visitors by three pm CET. A total of 52,999 people paid their respects to the late manager.

Tito Vilanova’s family visited the remembrance space after the Club had closed the area to visitors. His wife, Montse, his children, Carlota and Adrià, and other family members and friends gathered to bid farewell to Vilanova.

Long lines from the start

The remembrance space opened at 9 am, and by 12 pm more than 12,000 people had paid tribute to Vilanova, double the amount that had visited on Saturday (6,700).

In addition to the throngs of fans, personalities from the Catalan civic world and individuals linked to the Club paid homage to Barça’s former manager. Sandro Rosell, Joan Laporta and Enric Reyna, and the former director Evarist Murtra, signed the remembrance books and paid their respects at the giant mural of Tito. A crown of flowers was sent to the space by the Vilanova family, and it was installed a few minutes prior to closing.

On Saturday, the Club’s handball and roller hockey teams offered their condolences and this morning it was the turn of the basketball squad before their game against Fuenlabrada at the Palau. The recently crowned European Futsal Champions also visited, coming to the Camp Nou as soon as they arrived in Barcelona. The team were received by President Josep Maria Bartomeu and were cheered by supporters as they left the Main Stand.

Emotional visit from Juvenil B

The Club’s Youth B team – in which Tito’s son plays - coached by Javier García Pimienta alos paid their tribute and visited the remembrance site, as did the Youth A side with coach Jordi Vinyals.

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque, ex-Club Presidents Joan Laporta and Enric Reyna and ex-board member Evarist Murtra also visited this morning, as did a number of other club’s representatives such as Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo.