Argentina is the country of football par excellence, but it also stands out for its facilities dedicated to other sports. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is the perfect place to take a sports tour. In this article, we take you to the most iconic places in the Argentine capital dedicated to sport.
What are the sporting places to visit in Buenos Aires?
If you plan to go to Buenos Aires and are a fan of one sport in particular (or of all in general), the Argentine capital offers many interesting options. Here are some of them:
1. Boca Juniors Stadium, “La Bombonera” in Buenos Aires
Better known as “La Bombonera”, it is the stadium of the Club Atletico Boca Juniors. It is located in the famous district of La Boca, between its colorful houses and the tango at every corner.
They say you can’t die without seeing a Boca game in its stadium, but if it doesn’t coincide with your visit, a good idea is to take a guided tour.
The museum houses all kinds of objects that tell the club’s history, including trophies, t-shirts, photographs and much more. Of course, the best part of the visit is that it will allow you to stroll through the stands, the changing rooms, the benches, the press room and the playing field.
2. River Plate Stadium
Argentina’s other emblematic team, River Plate, has its stadium in the Nuñez neighborhood and is known as “El Monumental”. It was inaugurated in 1938 and reformed on several occasions: the architecture it currently has was given to it on the occasion of the 1978 World Cup.
The River Plate Stadium Museum contains all kinds of football club trophies and memorabilia. In addition, through a tunnel that goes back in time, you can learn the history and get to know the major players of the team. The visit also includes a tour inside the playing field.
3. Oscar and Juan Gálvez Autodrome in Buenos Aires
In addition to football, the Argentines are rather tied to the tradition of motors. The mecca of this sport in Buenos Aires is the Autodrome, which takes its name from the Gálvez brothers, two of the most important drivers in the history of local motorsport.
The track hosts the most important national races and previously served as a track for Formula 1. It opened in 1952 and has been the scene of rivalry between Ford and Chevrolet ever since. Perfect for enjoying a full-throttle weekend.
4. Argentine Polo Field
Although not a sport like football, polo has made Argentina very happy over the years. The Campo Argentino di Polo is located in the Palermo district and is known as “La Catedral”. Tournaments such as the Argentine Open and others of an international nature have been held here since 1928.
Since 2010 the Campo Argentino di Polo has also been used for numerous musical performances. Some artists who have played here are Phil Collins, Metallica, Luis Miguel, Paul McCartney, KISS and Shakira.
5. Luna Park Stadium
Thinking about the Luna Park stadium means imagining a boxing match. However, the best known sports venue in Buenos Aires was also dedicated to basketball and even the wedding of the greatest footballer of all time: Diego Armando Maradona.
The Luna Park stadium, located in the heart of Buenos Aires, is known as “El Palacio de los Deportes” (the palace of sports) and is also used for concerts and all kinds of events. In its history it has received many personalities, from Frank Sinatra to Liza Minelli, passing from Carlos Monzón to Nicolino Locche.
6. Palermo Hippodrome
Located very close to the Campo Argentino di Polo, in the Palermo neighborhood, the Hippodrome is the most important place for horse racing in Buenos Aires. It has a 2,400 meter long sand track and a 2,200 meter long grass track.
In its history, it has hosted many important events, but the most anticipated is the National Grand Prix, which takes place every year in November, with more than 100 races.
Finally, other iconic places for a sports tour around Buenos Aires are the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis, the Roca Park (where tennis matches such as the Davis Cup are played), the Olympic Village in the old city park, the Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires, the CENARD and the Paseo de la Gloria on the Costanera.