For football fans, no trip to BA is complete without visiting the Bombonera stadium or Estadio Alberto J. Armando, as it’s officially called, home to Maradona’s beloved Boca Juniors. The stadium is at stop 7 on the city’s tourist bus, and just a stone’s throw from the famous Caminito of La Boca on calle Bransen 805. It is known as La Bombonera ('chocolate box') for its unusual 'D' shape and steep sides, giving it fantastic acoustics.
The stadium’s museum, the Museo de la Pasión Boquense, is open daily from 10am-6pm. Entry to the museum costs $100 for adults, or $130 with a tour of the stadium.
Mauricio Macri, the current mayor of Buenos Aires, was president of Boca Jrs (1995-2007; 2008) for arguably the most successful period in the club's history. Boca Jrs won 17 domestic and international titles, including five league titles, four Copa Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups.
What happens on the pitch itself is only part of the spectacle of the experience of watching a football match in Argentina. In the stands, supporters go wild, singing, shouting, jumping, embracing, and generally expressing their passion for their team. You'll learn the words of the local songs and chants, celebrate with strangers and smile as you understand that you've discovered the true essence of Argentine people. Read more about Buenos Aires' passion for football.
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