River Plate Stadium (Argentina)
Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti
70,074 (all seated)
Address: Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7597C1424 CABA, Argentina
Telephone: +54 11 4789-1200
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Los millonarios
Year Ground Opened: 1938
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Turkish Airlines
Home Kit: White with Red Stripes and Black Shorts
Away Kit: Brown with black stripes and brown shorts
Third Kit: White with black stripes
The Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti is the official ground of River Plate. It is also known as the El Monumental. Built in 1938, the ground manages to offer one of the largest viewing capacities in Argentina. This ground is famous for being built on a reclaimed land, as it was taken from the marshland in Rio de la Plata. The ground has undergone some remodelling in the late 1970s for the World Cup. However, there have been very few changes in the ground since its inception and history will be something that visitors have to closely watch and observe.
There are four stands – North, South, East, and West. The entire stadium goes around in a bowl style instead of individual sections that are distinct. This is also a multipurpose venue thanks to the presence of a running track around the pitch.
Pubs for Away Fans
El Monumental is located in a residential area which is known for its upmarket places. As a result, there are a couple of options for eating and drinking in this area but they are not too much. One can head to central Belgrano where the options improve. Palermo is the best choice when you want to experience the best of nightlife that the city has to offer.
What is it like for visiting supporters?
The El Monumental has all the elements of being a top ground for visiting supporters unless they belong to the Boca Juniors. It is unlikely that fans will be receiving world-class facilities at this ground, which is relatively old. However, there is plenty of ambience to make up for this disadvantage. The ground is built with the idea of offering a substantial amount of seating options for River Plate supporters from around the world. The El Monumental also manages to produce a safe environment for visiting supporters.
How to get there by car & Where to park?
El Monumental is located around 9 km away from the city centre, while it is only 5 km away from the Palermo area, which is known for its nightlife. The stadium lies very close to the Av. Leopoldo Lugones. It has to be the key role for anyone desiring to drive to the stadium. One can enter the following satnav address to make the navigational aspect so much easier:
Av Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7597, 1424 Buenos Aires, Argentina
There is a decent amount of parking spaces available when you get to the stadium. There are also plenty of taxis throughout the city and they provide an easy way of getting to the stadium without the trouble of driving through a lot of traffic.
By train or metro
It may not be the best thing to use the metro for reaching the El Monumental considering that the nearest station is around 20 minutes away by walk. The better option would be to use the train station and the Retiro bus. The latter runs regularly to the Scalabrini Ortiz, which is only five minutes away by walk. There are also numerous buses that go past the stadium.
For those taking a train, there are several services that run from Retiro to the Nuñez or Belgrano stations. Since Buenos Aires is well connected with other parts of the world through air network, getting from the airport to the stadium is also not very difficult.
One can pick up tickets for the River plate matches just a day or two in advance. There are ticket windows available at the stadium that can assist a fan in this regard. There is a preference for club members when it comes to giving out tickets. The casual fan will be able to pick up a ticket only after being offered to club members. Since the stadium sells out in decent numbers, it can be difficult to get a ticket for a high-profile match.
The price of a ticket depends on the game, competition, seating position, and more. Generally, one can expect to pay around AR$ 25 for a place in the upper tier when this goes to AR $70 when you want a seat in the middle section of the long side.
As a result of being almost 100 years old, the El Monumental is not great when it comes to the disabled facilities on offer. The renovations in 1978 brought about a sizeable change in this regard, but it is still not up to the level of a modern stadium. Still, one can expect a decent number of options available for disabled fans who want to attend matches.
River Plate comes up with regular stadium tours that give a chance to experience this stadium which has been standing for more than five decades. The tours are open from 11 AM to 5 PM. The cost of a tour, which includes the stadium and museum, comes to a price of AR $210. The price drops down to AR $150 when a tour of the museum alone is sufficient. The tickets for these tours can be purchased online.
It is possible to pick up some concessional prices on the tickets. There is a concession available for children and senior members.
River Plate vs Racing Club in 1975: 100,000+
2018-2019: 40,923 (Superliga)
2017-2018: 9,486 (Superliga)
2016-2017: 5,000 (Primera División)