Key changes for Maradona Stadium in Argentina

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A minor but significant modification will be carried out in the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Estadio Diego Armando Maradona is a football stadium in Villa General Mitre, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the home venue of Argentinos Juniors, and has a capacity of 26,000.

Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors is an Argentine sports club based in La Paternal, Buenos Aires. The club is mostly known for its football team Argentinos Juniors, which currently plays in the Argentine Primera División (the country’s premier football division), and was recognized as one of the most important football teams of South America by FIFA.

The above development is a small step forward in the modernization of stadia in South America. The club has already started with the pre-sale of seats.

The very name Diego Armando Maradona Stadium given in 2004 and football legend Maradona making his debut at this venue in 1976 has gained more significance with the football giant passing away in November 2020. Fans have set up an impromptu sanctuary outside the stadium, and it was moved inside the stadium by the club authorities a few days back for protection from the weather elements.

Argentinos Juniors is a small club but has earned a lot of fame over the years for its soccer youth program that has produced players of the stature of Diego Armando Maradona, Juan Roman Riquelme, Esteban Cambiasso, Claudio Borghi, Juan Pablo Sorin, Lucas Biglia, among others. Besides, the club is also renowned for producing the cream of the crop talents for the Argentinian national youth team for which it has earned the sobriquet ‘Seedbed of the World’ in South America. Besides, the club’s comparison has been drawn with great European youth academies like Ajax in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The club has announced that it will add a new space to its stadium by redecorating one of its lower stands, which will change its functionality as it is currently a standing terrace but it will incorporate seats once repurposed.

The new low stall will increase security, improve spectator sightlines and it will be the closest location to the field in all Argentinean soccer stadiums, allowing a truly exciting experience to fans as they can watch their sporting heroes in action from just a few meters away. A total of 1,023 new seats will be set up. They will be state-of-the-art preferential seats.

The club has announced that the new locations will offer all the amenities that a VIP box can offer and will be a shouting distance away from the playing field. It will be a futuristic space in sync with the best arenas in the world, being able to offer the public a premium location with the comfort, hospitality and security quotient being very high. To this end, the perimeter fences, retaining walls and safety glass will be removed.

Argentinos Juniors have decided to take a major stride and it is very much necessary to meet the target of safe and comfortable venues. In South America and in Argentina many more such renovations are the need of the hour.

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