Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera)

Capacity49 000
2,780 (VIP and business seats)
361 (Press seats)
16,660 (Coverd seats)
Country Argentina
CityBuenos Aires
ClubsCA Boca Juniors
Other names Estadio Camilo Cichero (1986-2000)
Inauguration 25.05.1940 (Boca Juniors - San Lorenzo de Almagro)
Renovations 1941, 1951-1953, 1996
Record attendance 57 395
Design Viktor Sulčič
Address Brandsen 805, Capital Federal
Notice For safety reasons only 49,000 seats are used.

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Description: La Bombonera

In response to River Plate building a new stadium, Boca Juniors also started works on new concrete stands in the famous La Boca district. Works started on Feb 18th 1938 and lasted over 2 years. The result were single-tiered stands, three of which were connected in the corners, while fourth stood alone. What is interesting is the fact that already then La Bombonera, as it is commonly known, was using almost all the plot available.

Huge popularity led to first redevelopment comming right after opening (May 1940). In 1941 new second tier was opened above 3 stands and a decade later construction of the third level started. Due to lack of space construction had to go up, leaving room on the ground nearly only for access routes to upper sections. Though the construction is strong enough to cope with thousands of people inside the ground, it has problems with crowd distribution – high congestion is an issue. That's why the club decided to decrease capacity to only 49,000 people.

Three-tiered stands still had quite some room compared to the fourth, though. This one had to go up literally – a 7-storey 'office building' was raised in 1990's, where almost 3,000 VIP's and corporate clients have their skyboxes. Extremely small plot allowed for the ground to have only the smallest pitch allowed by FIFA and the construction packed with people tends to vibrate when supporters jump while singing. It is said that this is not 'shaking', that's Bombonera's 'heartbeat'.

Seen by many as a place of cult, the stadium has been included on top spots of world's most important stadiums in numerous rankings. Quite rightly so, since the Intercontinental Cup final was played here three times in a row (Estudiantes la Plata being the local side then) and four overall. Moreover, 10 finals of Copa Libertadores and a lot of other South American tournaments were held here, not forgetting the River-Boca 'Superclasico' seen by many as the world's most important derby. Diego Armando Maradona had his debut for the national team here and legends of music also gave quite a few appearences, to name just Bee Gees or Elton John.

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