Stadium news #55
The Estadio Más Monumental in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires will probably soon have a capacity of 84,000. The stadium’s renovation works are almost finished. Tens of thousands of new seats have been installed. The Estadio Más Monumental used to have an athletics track before the renovation works started. The stands are now closer to the pitch. In 1978, the venue hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup final. The national football team of the Argentine Republic won the final after defeating the Netherlands 3-1 in front of a crowd of 71,000.
The Argentine football club River Plate use the venue named Estadio Más Monumental for home games. The stadium’s record attendance was broken in 1975, when 100,000 fans showed up for a football match between River Plate and Racing Club. In 1986, River Plate became one of the first Argentine football clubs with a world championship title. They were crowned South American football champions four times. In 2018, River Plate won their fourth continental championship title after beating their arch-rivals Boca Juniors in a two-legged final. The first leg took place in Buenos Aires in front of 49,000 spectators. 62,000 people showed up for the second leg, which took place in the Spanish city of Madrid.