I am very interested in visiting south america, in particular argentina. I am a big football fan (or soccer, depending on where you are from). When I go to Buenos Aries I would very much like to watch a football match, as the fans seem so passionate. I was just wandering how easy it is for a foreigner to buy tickets for a big match involving Boca Juniors? I think I would prefer to see them as they are the club of Maradona. Also, if it is possible to get tickets, how safe would I be, as an englishman?
I have never done it myself but I believe there are tours you can go on where the tour company organises tickets and transport to a Boca game.
I went to see Boca Juniors as part of a tour organised by a hostel when i was in Buenos Aires.The cost was around £20-£25 i believe which included being taken to the stadium and sitting in a safe area and then being taken back to the hostel.
However then myself and a few friends went to see River Plate play and we went straight to the stadium and bought our own tickets.This cost us around £4 so it was alot cheaper.Plus transport in Buenos Aires is dirt cheap.
It all depends how good your spanish is.English is widely spoken in Argentina however im not sure people at the ticket area would speak english.Although i would say Argentinians are some of the friendliest people ive met anywhere and im sure someone would help you.Im english and i was in Argentina for 6 months (Only planned 2 months).
I was invited to spend christmas and new year with different families.And amazing time.
As for safety well La Boca is not a place to be walking at night.During the day its amazing to walk around the touristy area and worth the visit.
Trust me you will love Argentina.Im english and never had a problem.I always felt safe and was welcomed with open arms into peoples house i hardly knew.
Just be careful you dont fall for an argentinian woman like i did.They are beautiful and one reason why i stayed so long.Although someday you have to leave
you can go to the stadium directly and buy a ticket, and enter. that's all.
very easy and simple. and the ticket is just 30 peso. but do not take expensive camera or something and leave earlier than the other crazy fans.
but the match between Boca & River, the ticket is damn expensive(around 250 USD per person)
went to see a lot of games in Argentina earlier this year. Didn't get to see BJ in the Bombanera as no games when I was in Bs As but I did visit the stadium. It's very easy to get to the stadium and the area around the stadium is safe so long as you take reasonable precautions like not flashing expensive camera's etc etc.
Did the stadium tour which was cracking. You can buy tickets pretty cheap for the games depending on where you are prepared to sit. On your first game I suggest going with a group from a hostel although even then it can be a bit ropey sometimes. My first game was at the Maracana in Rio with a hostel group and it was awesome. The rest rest I did with friends.
BJ vs RP tickets don't have to be madly priced. We got some for 80 peso's for the game in Mendoza. It was a pre season match kind of like the Community Shield. My bus was late and I missed the game. Wasn't that bothered as it was only 3-2 with 4 sendings off and 2 penalties. Honestly, not bothered.
If memory serves me correct the game was the first w/e in February so it might be worth checking out if that game is on again. The stadium there was a 40k capacity in a bowl which was awesome. Got there late and hung around ground for a bit.
Worth going to see teams like Tigre just outside Bs As. If up north then and San Juan you can see San Martin or in Juay Juay (I can't recall spelling sorry). Maybe in Rosario you could see some good football too as they have a few teams.
Anyway, whatever you do, do not miss a football match. Even the 3rd and 4th division games are good for atmosphere if local rivalries.
Im from BA and I have to tell you that life in BA is just wonderfull!
Regarding to your request about the futbol match you can see, nowadays we´re in the very semi finals of the Argentinian´s Cup, so if you want to go to see Boca is complicated.
First cause Boca is the most important club in the region, I mean in Latin America, second, today is challenge the Sudamerican Cup and The Argentinian Championship at the same time.
You can buy the tickets directly at the stadium, but is pretty dangerous for you, cause you´re a foreign people in La Boca, one of the most unsafe neighborhoods. You´ll be safe in Caminito area or in the area where you can find a lot of people and policeman watching, but not exactly at the Boleterías, where you can get the tickets.
Also so can get the tickets in a tour, but prices are higher. The cost is about USD 70 for all concept.
The championship ends at december 14th, so just 5 matches left, and 3 of them are gonna play in BA against Velez Sarsfield in La Boca november 16th, against Racing Club in La Boca november 30th and against Colon at the end of the Championship in La Boca december 14th.
If I can do anything for you just send me an email, Im a Boca Jrs. fan, as well as Manchester (Tevez Club), don´t forget that the better places to stay in BA are Palermo, Recoleta or San Telmo, depending your choise, but mostly british people choose Palermo.
I am really looking forward to seeing Boca when we go to BA! I am something of a Boca fan and really want to see Riquelme and Palermo in action!
Does anyone know exactly when the season runs?
To everyone interested in attending a Boca match I feel compelled to tell everyone that this weekend is a great opportunity to see the superclasico of Boca VS River Plate. They are playing in Mar del Plata, a few hours south of Buenos Aires. If you are interested in affordable tickets just message me.