Few activities whip Argentines into a frenzy like a nail-biting futbol (soccer) match and watching local team River Plate – one of the country’s top teams - playing at their home stadium. El Monumental is a popular pastime for locals and tourists alike. Built in 1937 in the Belgrano district of Buenos Aires, El Monumental Stadium boasts an illustrious history and many of the nation’s most prominent matches, including the 1978 World Cup finals and the athletics events of the First Pan American Games in 1951, have been played out on the famous pitch. Those looking to watch Argentina’s national team play at home will likely find themselves at El Monumental, where the River Plate home games and even a number of National rugby matches are also held.
As well as hosting some of the world’s best soccer players, the 75,000-capacity stadium (the largest in Argentina) is also used as a music concert venue for international bands and artists. An impressive roster of famous bands and artists have taken to the stage over the years, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Madonna.