Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti (El Monumental)
|1120 (VIP seats)|
|25 568 (Covered seats)|
|Clubs||CA 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.
Buenos Aires: Symbolic revamp at El Monumental
After over 8 years of service, the running track at River Plate's stadium no longer exists. The field is also ripped apart in preparation for further changes that will convert the stadium into a football-specific one.
Buenos Aires: River still unsure about El Monumental's future
As years pass, the odds of redeveloping River Plate's legendary stadium are shrinking. Relocation could prove more feasible. Apparently, River have a plan, though nothing solid has been revealed.
Ranking: New stadiums change football in the Americas
15 most valuable clubs of both Americas represent only 4 countries. But the ranking may have some surprises as new stadiums pull Mexican and US teams forward, leaving Argentinean giants behind.
New design: Even more (el) Monumental
It’s already one of the world’s most famous stadiums, but with 20,000 extra seats it’s going to be more impressive. El Monumental in Buenos Aires is waiting for its largest redevelopment.
New design: El Monumental
Retaining the oval shape of existing Monumental, while updating it to meet modern standards – that was the aim set by River Plate when they asked Brazilian Plarq Arqitetura to redesign the stadium.
Buenos Aires: Another tragedy at Monumental, River Plate fan dead
He was supposedly hanging a flag, when he lost balance and fell off the stand, plunging 40 meters down. Guillermo didn't die on the spot, paramedics managed to get him to a hospital. This is the 84th person that lost a life after incidents at Monumental.