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Presidential candidate outlines vision for 100,000-capacity La Bombonera

The Estadio Alberto J. Armando, the iconic home of Argentinian Superliga football club Boca Juniors more commonly known as La Bombonera, has been reimagined as a 100,000-capacity venue under the latest development plans presented for the stadium.

The Buenos Aires giant is due to hold presidential elections on December 8, with the future of its stadium at the forefront of plans from the respective candidates. Under the ‘Bombonera 100 mil’ proposal put forward by Christian Gribaudo, the stadium would effectively more than double in size from its current capacity of 49,000, making it one of the world’s largest venues.

The project takes its design inspiration from Spanish LaLiga club Athletic Bilbao’s transformation of its San Mamés stadium, which opened in its current iteration in September 2013 following major redevelopment that saw its pitch moved and rotated. “When all the groups and the people who accompany us in the club chose me as a candidate for president, my condition was that we stay in La Bombonera,” Gribaudo told the Infobae.com website.

Regarding the expense of undertaking such a major transformation, Gribaudo has maintained that Boca has the necessary financial resources to undertake the project. Other proposals have already come to light for La Bombonera and Gribaudo added: “I cannot say that one seems better than the other, but I can say that some will have capacity problems.

“We need La Bombonera to hold more than 80,000 spectators, that is why ours is the true expansion project. If you expand 10,000 more, you will have capacity problems again because Boca has 100,000 active members.”

Earlier this month, a rival proposal emerged to expand La Bombonera to a capacity of 70,000. Having first been detailed in 2016, the executives behind the so-called Proyecto Esloveno released a new video of their vision for La Bombonera.