Boca Juniors Football Club
11.01.2007 - 11.01.2007 26 °C
Unfortunately for us the football season doesn´t start for another four weeks or so.... so we decided to take a tour of the Boca Juniors Stadium which is in the district of Boca.
Having read the tour giudes and heard the stories.. you would believe that Boca is the Baghdad of Buenos Aires... so Armed with a 6 foot cousin of Steph´s and his girlfriend as support the three of us decided to walk from Centro BA, down through San Telmo and into Boca.
Having walked for some twenty minutes, we thought we were beginning to get lost as we´d not seent he stadium yet and the areas we were walking through were becoming less pleasant.
Suddenly we stumbled upon some playing fields and in the distance was the Stadium!!!
We arrived and we´d timed it brilliantly as the stadium tour in Englishwas about to start and so we bought our tickets ($15 peso´s) each and wandered around all the Maradona and Boca parafanalia.
The man is a legend in his own right in terms of footballing genius... however... down here.... the man´s a god! Statues, pendents, photo´s, shirts, t'shirts... you can practically get anything you wanted with a little magicians cheesy grin plastered all over it!
So... our tour guide arrived and everyone gathered together for the tour.... there were about fifty or so people all clustered together ready and waiting for the tour to start.... however.. our tour guide was waving us through.... through to where??? so, apologetically and to the disgust of those true avid Argentinian Boca fans, we were hearded to the front of the rabble.. and then off in the direction of the stadium.
I could feel the eyes burning my back as we slid away to begin, what turned out, to be our own private tour of the stadium!
Our guide was very congenial and spoke English very well...
He sat us down in the exectuive section of the stadia overlooking the pitch and explained some of the finer points of the history and construction, consequent destruction, consequent reconstruction, consequent proposed redevelopment, consequent proposed relocation, consequent deadlock and finally consequent expansion of the stadium.
here´s some interesting facts about the place :
At the top of the third tier the stadium currently moves 4cm during a game due to the fans bouncing up and down.
Boca is the team of the workers
River is the team of the bosses
They were once the same team and then decided to split.
They played each other for their red shirt colours. River won.
Three years later they played each other for the Stadium. Boca Won.
Since Boca had no shirt... they went down to the docks and agreed that whichever ship came into dock next.. they would use it´s colours on their shirt... The ship that docked next was from Sweden hence the Blue and Gold.
Never describe their shirt as blue and yellow... It´s GOLD !!! as I found out to my cost!
Coca Cola had to change perhaps one of the most famous logo´s in the world so as to not have any red in it (River Plate´s shirts are red!) Coca Cola is written in white on a black background.
In a local derby some years ago the River Manager found himself getting wet as a result of some "over exuberance" on behalf of the Boca fans and as a result needed to have a special plastic cover put over his bench on the sidelines. However, just incase any of the local fans couldn´t see where he would be anymore... they put the Managers Name on the top of the plastic to allow the Local fans to "take aim" a bit better
When they knocked down the old stadium to build a new one.. some of the fans started to buy bits of the old stadium from the builders. The owners cottened onto this and them sold the stadium for $1 a block.
They made $6 million pesos.
The New stadium only cost $5 million pesos.
Boca Stadium is for the fans and is owned by the fans.... never have I heard something that´s so true with regards to football Stadiums!
I loved the place and would highly recommend either going to a game or if not, doing the Stadium tour! There people down here are mad !!!!