Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón

The Estadio Juan Domingo Perón, popularly known as El Cilindro de Avellaneda, is an association football stadium located in the Avellaneda district of Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina. The stadium is the home venue of Racing Club.[1]

President Juan Domingo Perón Stadium
Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón
El Cilindro
Estadio Presidente Peron.jpg
Full nameEstadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón
LocationMozart and Oreste Corbatta streets, Avellaneda, Argentina
Coordinates34°40′03.2″S 58°22′6.9″W / 34.667556°S 58.368583°W / -34.667556; -58.368583
OwnerRacing Club
OperatorRacing Club
Capacity61,000
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1949–50
Opened3 September 1950; 71 years ago (1950-09-03)
Renovated1995–97
Tenants
Racing Club

The stadium was designed by German engineers, some of them with experience in the reconstruction of cities destroyed in the World War II.[2] It has a capacity of 61,000 spectators, being the second largest stadium of Argentina, after Estadio Monumental.

Racing venue was the first stadium to have roof grandstands, after refurbishment made in the 1990s.[3]

The "Presidente Perón" replaced Estadio Alsina y Colón, which was closed in 1947.

HistoryEdit

The first project to build this stadium started in 1944, with the purpose of improving club's facilities. A special committee was created to acquire 30,000 m² that were owned by railway companies (British-owned by then). It is clear that President of Argentina, Juan Domingo Perón (well-known Racing Club supporter) suggested to build the stadium in Retiro neighborhood, near de Buenos Aires downtown. Nevertheless, the club executives decided to stay in Avellaneda to keep their place of belonging.[4]

Works began in 1946. The National Government lent Racing Club the money to finance the construction. As gratitude for that, the club executives named Juan Perón honorary president of Racing and his wife Eva Perón honorary member, among some ministers of his cabinet. President of Racing Club, Carlos Pailot, stated that the stadium would be named "Presidente Juan D. Perón" in his honor.

 
The stadium in 1950

On 1 December 1946, Racing played its last match in the old stadium, vs Rosario Central (a 4–6 defeat). The old stadium was demolished while the new venue was inaugurated on 3 September 1950, when Racing beat Vélez Sársfield 1–0. Llamil Simes scored the only goal.

In 1951 the Presidente Perón stadium was one of the venues for the Pan American Games held in Argentina that year. All the football matches of the competition were held there. In 1966, the club placed light towers. To celebrate that, the club invited FC Bayern Munich (that brought Argentina some of its most notable players such as Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller and Sepp Maier) to play a match in the stadium, which was won by Racing 3–2.[5]

At international club level, Racing Club played significant matches in Estadio Presidente Perón, such as the 1967 Copa Libertadores final v Club Nacional de Football and the 1967 Intercontinental Cup final v European champion Celtic FC. At domestic competitions level, Racing was the venue for the 1969 Argentine Primera División final between Chacarita Juniors and River Plate, and the 1976 final where Boca Juniors beat River Plate 1–0 with the "ghost goal" by Rubén Suñé.[6]

In 1993, the Municipality of Avellaneda gave its approval to change the name of Cuyo, one of the streets that surround the stadium. The name changed to Oreste Corbatta to honour a player who is regarded as the greatest idol in the history of Racing.[7] It also resembles an American cookie cutter stadium from the 60s and 70s

 
Panoramic view of the stadium during a football match, August 2019

ConcertsEdit

The stadium has hosted some national and international concerts since the late 1990s. Some of the artists to have played at the stadium are Redonditos de Ricota (1998, with an attendance of 35,000),[8] Rammstein (on 27 November 2010), [9] Judas Priest and Whitesnake together (18 Sep 2011),[10] and local rock band Viejas Locas (14 Jul 2012).[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Racing Club". Classic Football. FIFA. Archived from the original on January 10, 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ EL CILINDRO DE AVELLANEDA CUMPLE 65 AÑOS on DXTV, 3 Sep 2015
  3. ^ Estadio en la página oficial del club
  4. ^ ¿QUÉ SON 66 AÑOS, CILINDRO? on Racing Club website
  5. ^ Cilindo iluminado, El Gráfico,
  6. ^ El de Suñé a River, un gol "fantasma" by Pablo Lisotto on La Nación, 22 Dec 2016
  7. ^ Corbatta, el dueño de la raya by Damián Didonato on Un Caño
  8. ^ [1], La Nación, 19 Dec 1998
  9. ^ Y Rammstein incendió Racing on Diario 26
  10. ^ Cobertura: Judas Priest & Whitesnake by Kurt de So-Metal-It-Hurts on Metal Argento
  11. ^ Viejas Locas copó Racing, El Día, 15 Jul 2012

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Coordinates: 34°40′03″S 58°22′07″W / 34.66750°S 58.36861°W / -34.66750; -58.36861