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Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Arecibo is a municipality in Puerto Rico, better known for its world-famous facility, the Arecibo radio telescope, where scientific studies have been carried and Hollywood movies filmed.

Arecibo is located in the northern part of the area, about 2.5 hours west of San Juan and the metropolitan area by car. It has a small noncommercial airport, that hasn't had airline flights in about two decades. Arecibo's main mall, Plaza del Caribe[?], was completed and opened in 1983.

In sports, Arecibo used to have two professional franchises, the Lobos de Arecibo[?] in baseball and the Capitanes de Arecibo[?] in BSN basketball. The Lobos have had slightly better luck than the Capitanes, winning the 1983 national baseball championship and the 1983 Caribbean World Series, the only time the franchise won both titles. At that time, they had MLB prospect Dickie Thon[?], then also of the Houston Astros, on their roster. Thon then suffered a life-threatening and career-affecting eye injury during an Astros game in 1984. The Lobos ceased operation a decade later.

The Capitanes have not had much luck in their basketball tournaments, but in 2002, they started to turn things around, losing in 7 games in semifinals to the Vaqueros[?], after having a 3-0 game lead in the series.

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