Estadio José Amalfitani
|Full name||Estadio José Amalfitani|
|Location||9200 Juan B. Justo Avenue
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Owner||Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield|
|Field size||105 x 70 m|
|Opened||April 22, 1951|
|Vélez Sársfield 1943–|
The Estadio José Amalfitani is a stadium located in the Liniers neighborhood 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 original, temporary stadium was built between 1941 and 1943 in wood, and the current facility was built in cement between 1947 and 1951. It was renovated and enlarged 26 years later in preparation for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The stadium has a capacity of 49,540 spectators, although it does not provide seating for all of them like most Argentine stadia.
The José Amalfitani Stadium 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.
Before buying the terrain to build the stadium, Vélez Sársfield played their home matches on rented grounds in the neighboring Villa Luro section. The original grounds 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 of the first stadium at the site, which was inaugurated on April 11, 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). The current stadium was inaugurated on April 22, 1951.
The stadium was renamed in honor of José Amalfitani on December 7, 1968. The following year, a modern lighting system by Siemens was installed, and the first of the upper stand sections was completed.
1978 FIFA World Cup
|Date||Round||Group||Team 1||Vs.||Team 2|
International Friendly Matches
|22 April 1974||Argentina||2-1||Romania|
|5 May 1982||Argentina||2-1||Bulgaria|
|23 June 1983||Argentina||1-0||Chile|
|25 September 1984||Argentina||1-1||Mexico|
|16 December 1987||Argentina||1-0||Germany|
|13 March 1991||Argentina||0-0||Mexico|
|27 March 1991||Argentina||3-3||Brazil|
|21 December 1994||Argentina||1-0||Romania|
|10 March 1998||Argentina||2-0||Bulgaria|
The Stadium has hosted many international concerts since its opening.It hosts events of up to 50,000 spectators.
|Queen||February 28,March 1 and 8,1981||The Game Tour|
|Yes||February 1, 2 and 8,1984||9012Live Tour|
|Tears for Fears||January 23, 1990||Seeds of Love|
|Bon Jovi||February 1, 1990||New Jersey Syndicate Tour|
|Erasure||March 31, 1990||Wild! Tour|
|Roxette||May 2 and 3, 1992||Join The Joyride! World Tour|
|Nirvana||October 30, 1992||Nevermind Tour|
|Joe Cocker||November 7, 1992|
|Duran Duran||April 30, 1993||1993-1994 The Dilate Your Mind Tour|
|Metallica||May 7 and 8, 1993||Nowhere Else to Roam|
|Carlos Santana||May 29, 1993||1993 South American & Central American Tour|
|Peter Gabriel||October 2, 1993||Secret World Tour|
|Bon Jovi||November 12, 13 and 14, 1993||I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Tour|
|Aerosmith||January 17, 1994||Get a Grip Tour|
|INXS||March 4, 1994||Dirty Honeymoon Tour|
|Sting||March 25, 1994||Ten Summoner's Tales Tour|
|Depeche Mode||April 8, 1994||Exotic Tour/Summer Tour '94|
|Whitney Houston||April 16 and 17, 1994||The Bodyguard World Tour|
|Ramones||May 14, 1994||20th Anniversary Tour|
|Luis Miguel||November 11& 12, 1994||Segundo Romance Tour|
|Testament||June 16, 1995||Low|
|Marilyn Manson||September 11, 1997||Dead to the World Tour|
|Luis Miguel||November 14, 15 & 16, 1997||Romances Tour|
|Iron Maiden||December 12, 1998||Virtual XI World Tour|
|Luis Miguel||November 5, 6 & 7, 1999||Amarte Es Un Placer Tour|
|Queens of the Stone Age||January 13, 2001||Rated R|
|Iron Maiden||January 13, 2001||Brave New World Tour|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||January 24, 2001||Red Hot Chili Peppers 2001 Tour|
|Roger Waters||March 7, 2002||In the Flesh Tour|
|Luis Miguel||November 24 and 25, 2002||Mis Romances Tour|
|Iron Maiden||January 11, 2004||Dance of Death World Tour|
|Shakira||November 24 and 25, 2006||Oral Fixation Tour|
|The Killers||November 2, 2007||Sam's Town Tour|
|Bob Dylan||March 15, 2008||Never Ending Tour 2008|
|Rod Stewart||April 11, 2008||Rocks His Greatest Hits Tour|
|Queen + Paul Rodgers||November 21, 2008||Rock the Cosmos Tour|
|Peter Gabriel||March 22, 2009||Small Place|
|Guns & Roses||March 22, 2010||Chinese Democracy Tour|
|Linkin Park||October 7, 2010||A Thousand Suns Tour|
|Iron Maiden||April 8, 2011||The Final Frontier World Tour|
|Rod Stewart||October 22, 2011||Heart & Soul Tour|
|Elton John||March 2, 2013||40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man|
|Nickelback||September 26, 2013||Here and Now Tour|
|Bon Jovi||September 26, 2013||Because We Can: The Tour|
|Stevie Wonder||December 12, 2013|
|One Direction||May 3 and 4, 2014||Where We Are Tour (One Direction)|
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.
Principal Test Mach
5 November 2005
|Argentina||23 - 34||South Africa|
24 June 2006
|Argentina||19 - 25||New Zealand|
Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires
Referee: (Nigel Whitehouse )
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.
- "Argentina 16–0 Ireland". BBC. 2 June 2007. Archived from the original on 5 July 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2007.