A Travellers Guide to Football in Buenos Aires

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Sunday, December 16, 2012 | 8:25 PM





Special for MetroMarks.com by Jed Rothenberg


Jed Rothenberg is "El Capitan" at LandingPadBA, a fantastic alternative guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  You can read more of Jed's Buenos Aires tips and suggestions for travelers here.

Travellers to Buenos Aires should also check out LandingPadBA's great Facebook page, and Tweet with them @landingpadBA


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A Guide to Watching Football (aka soccer) in Buenos Aires


There is one sport in Argentina and that is fútbol a.k.a football a.k.a soccer. Legions of loyal fans, some of the world's top players and century old rivalries create one of the most awesome sporting spectacles in the world. So how do you get tickets to these fantastic soccer games in Buenos Aires? It all boils down to which game and which stadium.

National Selection Team

The national selection team plays a few times throughout the year in both World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) matches and friendlies. The WCQ matches will often have the best that Argentina has to offer including international superstars like Messi, Tevez, Agüero and Higuaín. For the better seating you must reserve online weeks in advance through either a ticket agency like TicketTek or through a local football ticket/package providers.

For regular seating or the standing section (La Popular) follow the local news as to when they will be selling publicly at the stadium and which stadium. You could risk buying scalped tickets on game day at the stadium, but approach with caution as counterfeit tickets can be an issue.

Primera League (Division 1) regular season:

There are two tournaments that make up the regular season in the Primera League in Argentina, the Incial (August to December) and the Final (February to June). There are only a couple of friendly matches between December and February during the off season.

The larger clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors tend to draw the most interest and unfortunately both teams have begun to restrict the amount of ticket sales to non-club members greatly in 2012. While this may change in the years to come, for the time being getting tickets to see a Boca Juniors or River Plate regular season match are limited and difficult.


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River Plate Tickets

The thunderous El Monumental Stadium seats over 65,000 fans who are known as "Los Milionários". Sales for River Plate tickets are often to club members only so stadium purchases are limited. Finding a football package company is the easiest method to get tickets here. Scalped tickets on game day are possible, but be wary of counterfeits.

Ticket pricing varies due to inflation, but you should be able to get River Plate tickets packaged with transportation, bilingual guides and a ticket to the upper deck sideline for about $120 USD.

As for the "Superclasico" or the big rivalry match between River Plate and Boca Juniors expect to pay double. The match only happens once a tournament and even locals have trouble securing tickets in advance.


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Boca Juniors Tickets

The most difficult home games to see are in La Bombonera ("thechocolate box") or Boca Juniors' home stadium. With about 47,000 seats and 60,000 season ticket holders this stadium is always full and very electric. There is now a 7 year waiting list to become a season ticket holder so demand is very high for tickets here and if you do happen to see a match there you will know why. As of Nov 2011 you can only enter the Bombonera with a season ticket card so you must either find a Boca Juniors club member to go with or go with an established football package company.

Ticket pricing varies due to inflation, but you should be able to get Boca Juniors tickets packaged with transportation, bilingual guides and a ticket to the "Popular" standing/bench seating section for about $130 USD. Be sure to double check that the tickets are not in the hooligan section. Boca's hooligans are notorious for being a rough bunch.

Other Clubs

Racing Club, Independiente, Velez and San Lorenzo are all famous and popular clubs in Buenos Aires. Tickets for these matches can all be purchased at their home offices located throughout the city and also often times on match days. Check online to see about match day availability and when tickets will be on sale as the times vary.

Racing Club: Lavalle 1650- Microcentro
Independiente: Boyaca 470- Caballito
San Lorenzo: Av. de Mayo 1373 - Centro
Velez: Juan B. Justo 9200 - Liniers

Copa de Libertdores and Copa Sudamerica:

The South American tournaments are long running tournaments with teams fighting it out from several different countries. Teams can vary greatly plus home and away matches can create real diversity for matches in Argentina. You can see smaller club teams from Argentina like Tigre match up against juggernaut teams from Brazil, Colombia and Chile. These matches tend to draw less attention from travelers and soccer tour companies so be sure to check up online to see what is going on. Tickets can almost always be purchased in advance at the stadium during certain days and hours, through futbol tour companies or online.

If you are interested in seeing a match, have questions about tickets or want to make a reservation try the Booking Wizard at LandingPadBA.com


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Thank you Jed for this great guide for visitors to Buenos Aires who want to have an awesome football experience. Buenos Aires should be at the top of the list for any sports fan! You can also, as always, explore the best travel resources in Buenos Aires right here at MetroMarks!

Have you ever been to a football game in Buenos Aires? Have any great stories or tips? Share your experiences in our discussion below!







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