The future of the Estadio Alberto J. Armando, the iconic home of Argentinian Superliga football club Boca Juniors more commonly known as La Bombonera, has returned to the agenda following the emergence of a proposal that would see the stadium expanded to a capacity of 70,000.
Having first emerged in 2016, the executives behind the so-called Proyecto Esloveno yesterday (Thursday) released a new video, which can be viewed here, of their vision for La Bombonera. This has been timed after Boca this week confirmed it will hold elections on December 8 to determine a new president for the Buenos Aires club.
Proyecto Esloveno is named due to the nationality of Tomaz Camernik, the Slovenian architect behind the plans. The future of La Bombonera is set to be a key matter of debate for candidates in next month’s elections, with a number of proposals having been discussed in recent years.
La Bombonera has a capacity of 49,000 and the Proyecto Esloveno masterplan would see a significant change to its current look. La Bombonera currently has a distinctive appearance due its single ‘flat’ stand being surrounded by three multi-tier stands. This single stand would be demolished under Proyecto Esloveno to boost the stadium’s capacity and give it a uniform appearance through the development of three new stands in total.
Argentinian newspaper La Nacion said the scheme would take around 15 months to complete with a budget of $70m (£54.7m/€63.5m). Long-term, Proyecto Esloveno would seek to add a roof to the stadium.
Commenting on the positioning of Proyecto Esloveno with regards Boca’s elections, the independent working group’s leader, Carlos Augusto Vallet, said: “Our desire is that the next president of Boca, whoever he may be, calls us on December 9 and summons us to work with him.
“We are pro-Boca and pro-Bombonera. All candidates have the absolute freedom to support this project or not. Although we would love it if all of them did. We have spent thousands of hours dedicated to this work… absolutely for the love of Boca.”