Argentine Superliga football club River Plate has announced that the capacity of its El Monumental stadium has been expanded by nearly 4,000 in time for Sunday’s ‘Superclásico’ clash against bitter rival Boca Juniors.

The capacity of El Monumental will now stand at 70,074, up from its previous limit of 66,266. This has come after work carried out by River’s infrastructure department, which has now been approved by the City of Buenos Aires.

 River said in a statement: “It should be noted that the capacity of El Monumental has increased by 10,000 in relation to the beginning of 2014, so many more ‘riverplatenses’ can lend their passion and encouragement in every game that the ‘Millonario’ plays at home.”

River has called El Monumental home since 1938. In October, president Rodolfo D’Onofrio said the club was analysing two stadium options as it seeks to ensure its home plays a key role in the country’s potential co-hosting of the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

Sunday’s match will be the first Superclásico since the two teams met in the 2018 Copa Libertadores finals. River claimed a 5-3 aggregate win to become the champion of South America, but its home leg of the final had to be played at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, home of Spanish LaLiga club Real Madrid, after the fan violence that forced the postponement and subsequent cancellation of the second leg at El Monumental.

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