Club: Club Estudiantes de la Plata | Opening: 2003 | Capacity: 42,000
History and description
Estadio Único Ciudad de la Plata is a state-owned stadium in the city of La Plata that is currently the home of Estudiantes de la Plata.
The first steps towards construction of a stadium for the city of La Plata were taken in 1947 when a plot of land was secured and a sports complex was built. In the mid 1970s, the city considered building a stadium for the 1978 World Cup, but plans led to nothing.
The project was picked up again in the late 1980s, and after a long process construction of the new stadium started in 1998. However, soon after the economic crisis hit Argentina and building works were forced to a halt due to funding problems.
Works got resumed again in 2003 and Estadio Ciudad de la Plata officially opened on the 7th of June of that year, though the planned roof had not been installed yet.
Initially, both clubs from La Plata, Estudiantes and Gimnasia, decided to stay at their own ground, but when these failed to meet safety requirements in 2006, they were forced to move to Estadio Ciudad de la Plata.
After Gimnasia had made the necessary changes to its Estadio Juan Carlos Zerillo in 2008, it moved back to its traditional home.
Estudiantes had intended to build a new stadium in place of its Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi, but legal challenges meant that the stadium has yet to be built. The club still hopes to eventually move to a new stadium, and after creating a legal opening in 2011 it is currently studying the financial viability of the project.
In 2008, the governor of the Buenos Aires province decided to complete the unfinished works on the stadium, including the construction of the roof and several VIP facilities. The renovated stadium opened early 2011.
A few months later Estadio Ciudad de la Plata was one of the playing venues during the 2011 Copa América, hosting the opening match, a further two group matches, a quarter final, a semi-final, and the match for third place.
The stadium has a retractable pitch, which enables it to be used for multiple purposes without damaging the pitch. In recent years the stadium has turned into one of the prime concert venues of Argentina.
Estadio Ciudad de la Plata is located in the west of the city of La Plata, about 3.5 kilometres from the central Plaza Moreno and cathedral. The stadium furthermore lies about 5 kilometres south-west of La Plata’s rail station and bus terminals.
From Buenos Aires one can get to La Plata by train or bus. Trains leave from rail station Constitución and buses from terminal Retiro. The trip will generally take between one and one-and-a-half hour.
From La Plata rail station (and nearby bus terminals), one can reach the stadium with bus (colectivo) O16 or E45. Both buses pass right by the stadium on Avenida 32. Bus O24 is an alternative. It passes the stadium on the other side on Calle 526.
From Plaza Moreno one can take bus N13 or 506R41. Bus N16 passes the stadium on Calle 526, whereas bus 506R41 passes the stadium on Avenida 32.
By car, from the Autopista Buenos Aires–La Plata, exit at kilometre 52.8, and turn onto the Avenida Domingo Mercante. At the roundabout get on the Avenida 32 (third exit), and follow for about 4 kilometres. The stadium will lie on the right side of the road just before the intersection with the Avenida 25.
Address: Estadio Único Ciudad de la Plata, Tolosa, La Plata
Ticket for Estudiantes games can generally be bought at the ticket windows of the stadium from the day before the match. Tickets are usually also available on the gate on the day of the match, but arrangements may differ.
Tickets cost either AR$ 100.00 for the standing areas or AR$ 150.00 for a seat.
Relevant Internet links
Edelpoficial.com.ar – Official website of Club Estudiantes de la Plata.
Estadiolp.gba.gov.ar – Official website of Estadio Único Ciudad de la Plata.
Laplata.gov.ar/turismo – La Plata tourist information.
Laplata.gov.ar – La Plata public transport information.