Estadio José Amalfitani
|Estadio José Amalfitani|
|Full name||Estadio José Amalfitani|
|Location||9200 Juan B. Justo Av., Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Opened||April 11, 1943|
|Owner||Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield|
|Field dimensions||105 x 70 m|
|Vélez Sársfield 1943–|
The Estadio José Amalfitani is a stadium located in the Liniers neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, near Liniers railway station. The venue is the home of the Argentine Primera División club Vélez Sársfield and is also known as El Fortín de Liniers or Vélez Sarsfield.
The stadium was built between 1941 and 1943 in wood, and rebuilt in cement between 1947 and 1951. 27 years later, it was expanded in preparation for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The José Amalfitani has capacity for 49,540 spectators, although it does not provide seating for all of them like most Argentine stadia.
The Estadio José Amalfitani is also the national stadium for the Argentina national rugby union team (Los Pumas). Although the team plays test matches throughout the country, their highest-profile tests are usually held here.
Early History: Foundation and early remodelling
Before buying the terrain to build the stadium, Vélez Sársfield played their home matches in a rented ground on the Villa Luro neighbourhood. The original ground was the one that earned the nickname El Fortín in 1932, for the team's strength playing at home.
After suffering relegation from the Argentine Primera División in 1940, Vélez was sacked from the Villa Luro ground they were renting. Three years later, in 1941, the club obtained the terrain of the current stadium, property of the Buenos Aires Western Railway. The ground was a swamp of the Maldonado Stream, where construction was difficult. However, the club's president José Amalfitani led the construction, which was terminated in 1943. The new stadium used the same wood stands from the old Villa Luro stadium, and was inaugurated in a 2–2 draw with River Plate. Vélez striker Juan José Ferraro scored the first goal in the stadium's history (the others were scored by Ángel Fernández for Vélez and Adolfo Pedernera twice for River).
1978 FIFA World Cup
The Stadium has hosted many international concerts since its opening.It hosts events of up to 50.000 spectators.
When South Africa visited Argentina in November 2005 at Vélez Sársfield, they faced strong Pumas side. The Pumas took a 20–16 lead into the half-time break, before fading in the second half and losing 34–23.
In the 2006 mid-year tests, the second test against Wales, at Vélez Sársfield, saw the Pumas win 45–27, Argentina's largest win ever over Wales. Los Pumas next hosted the world's top team, the All Blacks at Vélez Sársfield. The All Blacks survived a Pumas assault in the final minutes to hang on to win 25–19 and to deny Argentina a huge upset.
Media related to Estadio José Amalfitani at Wikimedia Commons
- "Estadio José Amalfitani" (in Spanish). Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "ESTADIO JOSÉ AMALFITANI". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Estadio José Amalfitani". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Argentina 16–0 Ireland". BBC. 2 June 2007. Archived from the original on 5 July 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2007.