Sports in Buenos Aires
"Our GodWhich are in the fields
Hallowed your left
Your kingdoom come
Share your football
For all the temples around the world
Give us our daily hapiness
Forgive our treacherous journalists
As we forgive napolitanian mafia
Leave us not into temptation
And liberate us from Havelange
Each club has its own stadium, and there are at least five top-flight matches to choose from at weekends. There are two annual league championships - the Apertura (Opening) from August to December and the Clausura (Closing) from February to July.Seeing a match a live, especially at Boca´s La Bombonera stadium, is an unforgettable experience. Come kick-off, a cacophonous cocktail of fireworks and abuse greets players and ref alike. Buy your ticket in advance and get a seat in the Platea (seated area). Down in the terraced popular, it´s more tribal. Note that the better a team is doing, the higher the platea price.
You can buy tickets for Boca and River through Ticketek (5237-7200, Master Card only), or for any team at their ground (cash only).
Estadio Alberto J Armando (La Bombonera)
Brandsen 805, La Boca.
A unique, visceral and vertiginous experience: the concrete stands sway and at the higher levels you feel like a wrong move will tip you out onto the pitch itself. The platea baja in the stands area is the best vantage point.
Estadio Monumental (Club Atletico River Plate)
Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 7597, Nuñez.
The Monumental - home to Club Atletico River Plate, the eternal rivals of Boca Juniors - was the setting for the first and final games of the 1978 World Cup. It´s the largest stadium in the country and, thanks to its location, probably the safest.
Maradona's Church website: www.iglesiamaradoniana.com
Easily truf´s most important vaneu, the elegant, palatial Hipodromo Argentino is in Palermo. Evenif, as is likely, you don´t end up backing the winner, chances are you will enjoy the eccentric cast of characters who gather here on big race days. The biggest day on the racing calendar is the Gran Premio nacional, held every November, although there are around ten regular meetings per month, usually held on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. The other important annual race is the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini, run in December at the smart, family-oriented Hipodromo de San Isidro in Zona Norte, with flat races on Wednesdays, Saturdays and on some Sundays.
Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo Avenida del Libertador 4101, y Dorrego, Palermo.
Hipódromo de San Isidro Avenida Márquez 504, y Santa Fe, San Isidro.
Polo is played in Buenos Aires from September to November. It´s in the latter month that all-important Abierto Argentino de Palermo.
Campo Argentino de Polo Avenida del Libertador 4000, y Dorrego, Palermo.
A wonderfull polo field, in Palermo, with capacity for 45.000.
In recent years Argentina become one of the powerhouses in world tennis, especially on clay courtswhere they are the undisputed kings.The only annual international tennis tournament in Buenos Aires which spectators can enjoy is the Copa AT&T, which takes place in mid February. The major local tournament is the Copa Argentina in December. Both are played at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.
Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club
Olleros 1510, y Libertador, Palermo
These days the national team, Los Pumas, are a handful for even the best international teams, and an impressive display in the 2004 World Cup cemented that reputation.In the normally respectful world of international rugby, watching Los Pumas is a unique experience; fans boo during the opposing team´s national anthems and blow cow horns as the enemy attempts a conversion. Major rugby internationals are played at Estadio Monumental. On the domestic scene, two teamsfrom the northern suburb of San Isidro dominate: Club Atletico San Isidro (CASI) and the San Isidro Club (SIC). The season runs from April to October.
Club Atletico de San Isidro
Roque Saenz Peña 499, y 25 de Mayo, San Isidro.
San Isidro Club
Blanco Encalada 404, entre Sucre y Darregueira, San Isidro.
Campo de Golf de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Avenida Torquinst 6397, entre Olleros y Alsina, Palermo. Open 7am-5pm daily.
This well located, popular 18-holer is as relaxed as golf gets.