Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti (El Monumental)

Capacity61 321
1120 (VIP seats)
25 568 (Covered seats)
Country Argentina
CityBuenos Aires
ClubsCA River Plate
Inauguration 25.05.1938 (River Plate - Peńarol Montevideo 3-1)
Renovations 1958, 1978, 2003, 2020-2021
Design José Aslan, Héctor Ezcurra

Description: El Monumental

Though River Plate was established already in 1901, they bought land for their first own ground after 33 years in business. In 1934 they took a plot in the Nuñez district, a year later built the cornerstone and in September 1936 works started with design done by José Aslan and Héctor Ezcurra.

Budget was first planned at some $4,5 mln, but later turned out a lot lower with spendings of $3mln. Thankfully the investment ended in 1938, because if it was done during World War II, steel alone would cost over $4,5 mln. First mass event was a carnival and game of River Plate vs. Penarol on 25th and 26th of May. A massive number of 120,000 people turned up.

Even more people could enter El Monumental since 1958 when it witnessed its first revamp. 20 years after opening it boasted a capacity of 130,000 fans. In another 20 years came the 2nd modernisation with stands being remodelled prior to World Cup 1978. Argentina was host to that tournament and River Plate's ground was the place of opening and final games.

In 1986 patronage over the venue was given to Antonio Vespucio Liberti, former president who died several years earlier and was the one who made El Monumental real in the 30's. During the years a mass of large events came with Argentina's internationals, Panamerican Games and numerous concerts. Largest of these were shows by Michael Jackson in 1993. Three concerts in three nights saw a crowd of 300,000.

Between 2020 and early 2021 the running track was removed entirely for the first time. The playing field was also lowered in order to created additional rows in the future and bring fans closer to the field.



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