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The new Bombonera could be built on an island

'We are the best, we deserve it'

The new Bombonera could be built on an island 'We are the best, we deserve it'

It is election time for the presidency of Boca Juniors, and with it, the first and tantalizing suggestions and proposals are beginning to arrive, on a subject that has held sway in the city of Buenos Aires for years: the new stadium. In the idea of Jorge Reale, the entrepreneur of a consortium intent on leading the Azul y oro society, there is the idea of leaving the iconic Bombonera and moving about a kilometre away, to Demarchi Island, in the extreme south of Puerto Madero. A perfect place owned by the municipality, on which, however, there are several constraints, since it is a small island bordering on the city's new converted port area, which for several years now has become one of the city's nerve centres, with skyscrapers, luxury housing and the headquarters of large companies from Argentina and elsewhere in the vicinity. The proposed project is the work of architect Enrique Lombardi, no stranger to similar projects and who has already designed similar structures for several teams around the world.

"With our club's birthday only a few days away, it is a pleasure to share the project of a new stadium with double the capacity, so that all members have the opportunity to take to the pitch. Without throwing away La Bombonera. Without leaving La Boca. We are the best, we deserve it," said candidate Jorge Reale.

A project that obviously also winks at the possible candidature for the 2030 World Cup and which, if accepted, would see Argentina, Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay as protagonists. And since in theory the stadium should have a capacity of 106,000 spectators, it would be the perfect setting to host a possible super final. In detail, in fact, the more-than-modern stadium designed for Boca Juniors would have 444 VIP boxes, 192 touring boxes, 78 broadcast booths and 4,000 parking spaces. There will also be three pedestrian paths to connect the entire neighbourhood with the island and make the entrance and arrival at the stadium even more impressive. This is certainly a futuristic project, but it will not mark the end of the current Bombonera, which will in fact be used for youth and women's team matches and will obviously become a sort of open-air museum, where tours will be organised so that all fans of the sport can admire one of the stadiums where pages of football have been written, since 1940.