I am travelling to Buenos Aires next month and we are big football fans. We want to go to Boca games while there but we have heard a few things.
1) it is not advisable to turn up at the box office to try and get tickets but rather buy in advance?
2) it is not safe to sit in the Populares (standing) section?
3) it is best to take a taxi there and back?
Does anyone have any advice on this stuff and how to get tickets?
Thanks in advance
1) The best way to do it is to ask around and see if there are still tickets available and which box office they are sold at. Then you can just get them a few days in advance. Buying them the day of the game will be nearly impossible. If the game is sold out, you can walk around to the shops that sell sports tops and such and ask them, you will pay a markup, but not as much as if you went with a hostel group.
2) If you are a man, or a woman who doesn't mind a little bit of groping every now and then, popular is the place to be. In all honesty I wouldn't recommend it for a single woman. Plateau is good, but you will pay more and not have as much fun. Popular is great, just know that once you are in, you are in, it will be tough to sneak away to pee, and you will be jumping/singing/screaming the WHOLE time, and if you stop you will be yelled at, don't worry about the words. Try not to be too close to the big barriers down there and when there is a goal, be ready to run! Do not wear red!
3) Take the Subte then a taxi to and from, just know that on the way out, you may have to walk a few blocks to find a taxi. Ask around at the hostel/hotel and see if anyone else is going, especially if you speak no spanish, having a speaker is very helpful.
Finally, DO NOT bring anything you don't want to lose or get dirty if you sit popular. No camera, no necklaces, no folded up Riverplate flag, NOTHING!!! PS, going to two Superclasicos (one at the Bombonera and one at El Monumental) were two of the greatest nights on my whole trip
Yes it’s true that obtain tickets it is hard! However it depends on the match and how close you are to the game. Usually you will not find tickets at the box office because the stadium's ticket box sells a smaller amount of tickets than the total of locations available and usually standing on the line to buy one is not a nice experience unless you are a really wild traveler. They released the tickets to the public only a few days before the match and most of them go to the barras bravas (hooligans) who resell them to other resellers on the city (yeah, in Buenos Aires is tickets traffic is a common practice and sometimes the only way to get one). Around the stadium probably you can find some tickets, but it will be more expensive or could be fake tickets, and even if you get a good ticket sometimes entering to the stadium is also a big deal.
If you want to go to a regular football match, not so crowded and important, like Boca Juniors vs. Tigre or Boca Juniors vs. Lanus, I do can recommend to buy the ticket outside the stadium to the resellers for a regular game and to arrive by yourself. If is not, and you want to go to a SUPER CLASICO like: Boca Juniors vs. River Plate or Boca Juniors vs. San Lorenzo, I strongly recommend from previous experiences I had, to book what is called a football tour or football experience, which is the safest way to attend to a football match, to get your tickets, to get in, to have a successful experience and you will get back to your hotel safe and with no complications.
Does anyone know when the football season starts and ends in Argentina?
I'm planning on being in Buenos Aires in March 2011 but I'm not sure if the season will have finished / not started by then? I've tried Mr Google but no luck...
I recall that the season started in Feb 2008 with a series of "friendlies" around the country. One of which was Boca vs Plate. The match was something like 3-2 with a few pens and a couple of sendings off. Some friendly lol.
Think it was a bit like Englands Community Shield.
Anyway, I would say the season starts around mid February so you should be fine.
Just look up the league results and check the dates column. You should manage to figure it out. Soccernet is usually pretty good for this type of info.