Key facts

Club: Racing Club | Opening: 1950 | Capacity: 50,000 (31,700 standing)

History and description

Estadio Juan Domingo Presidente Perón, often referred to as El Cilindro, was built between 1947 and 1950.

Estadio Presidente Perón replaced Racing’s old ground at the same site, and was made possible by a loan of the Argentine government. In return for his support, then Argentine president Péron was made honorary president, his wife Evita honorary member, and the stadium was named in his honour.

Estadio Presidente Perón officially opened on the 3rd of September 1950 with a league match between Racing and Vélez Sarsfield (1-0).

The stadium could initially hold about 100,000 fans, however this number was regularly passed as many fans entered illegally. For example, an estimated 115,000 people were witness of Racing beating Celtic in the second leg of the 1967 Intercontinental Cup final.

Estadio Presidente Perón underwent a large redevelopment between 1995 and 1997, which included the construction of a roof that covered all seats. At the same time, capacity got reduced to its current amount.

While being one of Argentina’s largest stadiums, it was never chosen as a venue for any international tournament held in Argentina, mainly due to the competition of nearby Estadio Monumental.

(photos of the present Estadio Presidente Perón below)

Getting there

Estadio Presidente Perón is located in the city of Avellaneda, a suburb of Buenos Aires just south of the Capital Federal city limits. The stadium lies about 7 kilometres south of Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires’ microcentro, and about 4 kilometres from the La Boca area.

By car, the stadium can be reached by following the principal Avenida 9 de Julio south. Cross the Pueyrredón bridge and follow Juan B. Palaa or Avenida Manuel Belgrano about 5 to 10 blocks further south.

Bus (colectivo) 10 and 17 connect the stadium with Buenos Aires’ microcentro. Get on the bus at Maipú (which runs north-south through the centre), and get off at Avenida Manuel Belgrano, one block from the stadium. The ride takes approximately 35 minutes and goes through the La Boca neighbourhood.

Other buses leave from Estación Constitución (line 100, 148, 98, 45, 154), though care should be taken in this area at night. Taking a taxi may be more convenient.

Address: Pasaje Mozart y O.O. Corbatta, Avellaneda, Provincia de Buenos Aires

Tickets

Tickets can generally be bought at the stadium, the club office at Nogoyá 3045 in the west of Buenos Aires, or the club store at Lavalle 1650 in the microcentro. 

Tickets are usually also available on the day of the match at the gates of the stadium.

A ticket for the standing areas costs either AR$60.00 or AR$100.00, whereas seats start at AR$110 for the upper tier behind the goal and range to AR$360 for a central seat lower-tier seat at the main stand.

For more information call +54 4502 7396 or email sedecapital@racingclub.com.

Photos

Relevant Internet links

Racingclub.com.ar – Official website of Racing Club.
Bue.gov.ar – Official website of the city of Buenos Aires.
Comoviajo.com – Plan your bus or metro trip around Buenos Aires.