This is the stadium of one of Buenos Aires' two most popular soccer teams (yes I'm American, so I call it soccer), Boca Juniors. The city has a few other teams, like Chacarita or Vélez Sarsfield, but none have matched the popularity- or notoriety- of Boca and its eternal rival, River Plate. If you can, catch a game in La Bombonera; Boca fans are very devoted and it's a cool atmosphere. Sometimes it can get out of hand, so you're better off in higher, more out-of-the-way seats.
Go to see a River Palte or Boca Football match, when I went it was the equivalent of 30p for a match in the normal seats. Great atmosphere, no violence and good football. not the most up to date stadiums but thats half of the charm. NOt as fast and exciting as english football but cant complain for 20p!
Ladies and gentlemen...Soccer!
Soccer is not only a sport in Argentina, but also a way of living. Matches take place on Sunday evenings from March to December, with a small pause during the second half of July. There are two championships: Clausura (March-July) and Apertura (August-December).
There are lots of soccer clubs countrywide, but the two biggest and most popular are River Plate and Boca Juniors.
The Bombonera (in Spanish "Chocolate box", the name of the Boca stadium) is located in La Boca. El Monumental ("The monumental one", River stadium, the biggest in Argentina) is located in Núñez.
It is also a very interesting thing to go and watch a match. The violence has become very normal in the stadiums, though. So I reccomend asking your hotel porter or a local for some advice about what match should you see. Definitely try to avoid River-Boca. But a River-Talleres or a Boca-Rosario Central should be OK.
If you don't like stadiums, another very Buenos Aires thing is go and watch the match from a bar. Every single bar has a TV from where people watch the match. I like it.
Tickets can be bought via telephone with credit card with Ticketek. (See number in "Contact")
It is an understatement to say that this is a soccer-crazy place. I was in Iguazu when Boca was playing Milan in the Intercontinental Cup and the bar room of the Sheraton was super-packed.
You can visit the Boca juniors stadium in La Boca and collect souviniers and jerseys.
You cannot stay in Argentina without someone asking you about Diego Maradona, Argentina's greatest player and perhaps the best of all time (heavily disputed with some guy called Pele).
Catch a Boca Juniors, River Plate, or if your lucky a national game while in Buenos Aires. Just make sure you where the right color when you go.
You can certainly gets tickets at the stadium. But if your spanish is bad and you are concerned about security, the best way to go is book through an agent. They can pick you up, take you to the game with other gringos, and then bring you back. I had my futbol experience with Tangol, a tour operator.
I don't think anything quite compares to seeing a Soccer match in Buenos Aires. The people of Argentina are incredibly pasionate about soccer, it is another form of religion. Game day is usually Sunday, although there are a few on sat and other special matches so check the schedule there. One thing I found different was each teams fans has a designated area for seating. After the match the visiting fans are given a head start of 15 minutes to exit the stadium, to avoid confrontations with the other fans. Now those are dedicated fans!!!
Are you brave enough to attend a football match in Argentina? Then, get tickets to any match at world famous La Bombonera, Boca Juniors' home stadium. This is the most popular football team in Argentina and every other Sunday thousands of colorful fans crowd the place and provide an incredible and unforgetable show. This is a must see if you like stadium sports.
Buy "platea" tickets and not "populares" for security reasons!
You can visit the Boca Juniors museum within the stadium at any time.
A fire was accidently started in the building next to my hotel due to the CRAZED FOOTBALL FANS! I arrived home to my hotel to find my travel mate in the street cuz she was concerned the fire would spread to our property. We smelled smoke in the hotel hallways and in the room. NOT a good feeling... but the fire was put out by the time we got home!
Football fans in EZE take their football SERIOUSLY. The LAST night I was there, Boca Junior won, and the fans went wild. In fact, riot police came and had to break up the crowd. Note how many folks are here! Imagine broken bottles and fire crackers... cuz this is what happend. In fact a fire was accidently started in the building next to my hotel!!!
Boy, the Football fans in EZE are a nutty bunch. They take their football SERIOUSLY. The first night I arrived their team, River Plate won and there was a scene in front of my hotel, near the Obelisk. Maybe you can see some police cars in the background.
Argentina means football. Fútbol (in Spanish) is the most popular sport here. Wherever you are in La Quiaca (border with Bolivia) or Ushuaia (the southernmost city in the world), there will be always someone playing soccer.
Argentina hosted a world cup in 1978 and won it. We also won Mexico 1986 world cup, with the best player ever: Diego Armando Maradona.
A very Argentinian tradition is to go to watch a game. Even though now some matches are very violent, I would say that going to a River vs. Atlético Rafaela match or a Boca vs. Talleres one wouldn't be so bad. Try to avoid the most violent ones, like Independiente vs. Racing and of course, the "superclásico" (super classic), River vs. Boca. River and Boca are rivals since British took with them football to the shores of the Río de la Plata. Boca Juniors was the Italian-immigrants team and River Plata (which means Río de la Plata in English), the English-immigrants one.
If you are in Buenos Aires during the football season, try and go and see a football match at the Bonbonera, Boca Juniors' stadium, situated right in the heart of the Boca neighbourhood. If you can get tickets to a Boca Juniors - River Plate game, more power to you: you will be witnessing the biggest rivalry in South America football !
ARGENTINIAN SOCCER FIELD(Futbol)
Unbelievable pasion, you´ll never see anything like this in your life.