The beloved Boca Juniors soccer team plays its games at Alberto J. Armando stadium, affectionately known as La Bombonera (Spanish for “the chocolate box”). It has a capacity of 49,000 and is known for vibrating when fans start getting too antsy—either from happiness or disgust—and jump in rhythm.
Boca Juniors are one of the biggest sports obsessions in Buenos Aires, and soccer fans shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit this stadium in the La Boca neighborhood. Behind-the-scenes tours of the stadium offer a fascinating look at the sport that most Argentines live and die by, as well as the history of the Boca Juniors, founded in 1905 by five boys living in the neighborhood. The on-site Museo de la Pasión Boquense displays a collection of sports memorabilia, including an entire section dedicated to the legendary player and coach Diego Maradona. An entrance ticket allows visitors to enter the museum, as well as the locker room and pitch.
Things to Know Before You Go
- La Bombonera Stadium is a must-visit for sports fans.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera; the stadium tour features plenty of photo ops.
- Tours of the stadium typically last about an hour.
- How to Get There
- La Bombonera is situated just south of Microcentro, a short walk from the San Telmo neighborhood. Several public buses stop close to the stadium, but it’s also possible to get there by taxi.
When to Get There
Check the Boca Juniors match schedule before your visit. Attending a live game can be a thrilling experience, but the museum and behind-the-scenes tours are typically unavailable on game days.Superclasico—A Buenos Aires Rivalry
The rivalry between Boca Juniors and the cross-city team River Plate is one of the biggest in sports. To get a better sense of the contentious history between these two teams, plan to visit La Bombonera as well as Estadio Monumental, the biggest stadium in Argentina and home of River Plate. This stadium also houses a sports museum, one of the largest in the world.