History of Estadio Monumental Nuñez


1901 "Little field" from Darsena Sur.

1923 The historical field of "Albear y Tagle".

In 1934, River Plate was already 33 years old. It had already achieved an amateur title and another as a professional team. It was already known as the millionaires due to their spectacular signs ups. Liberty was already chairman, the first of his four terms. Albear and Tagle stadium was getting too small due to the amount of fervent fans.

On October 31st 1934, the bill of sale was signed for the purchase of 83.950 square meters of land, 35.000 of which were given to them by the Municipality, for a new stadium at Nuñez. As the Centenario Avenue was to pass by there, as Municipal property, River was exempted roadway tax. Many people thought this was a wild idea because the place was considered inhospitable and unappreciated, anyhow their first stage had taken place. On May 25th 1935, the foundation stone was laid on the property of Centenario Avenue and the Río de La Plata river. On December 1st of that year, the Board of Directors presented the clubs members at a Special Assembly the approved draughts and a detailed review of how they were going to get down to work. A $2.500.000 loan was granted by the Government and on September 27th 1936, construction started under the supervision of the architects José Aslan and Héctor Ezcurra.

Thus, a new battle to gain the river bed started. The initial cost reached the sum of $4.479.545, 80, 3 million pesos were reduced when the Board decided to leave out the building of the North Grandstand.

A special characteristic of this construction was that a direct foundation was chosen, at six to eight meters deep, opencast, in the open air to allow stability of the land and water pumping to avoid it sprouting up. The construction of all three grandstands took two years. 50 km of rows were built, with 26.000 square meters of concrete and framework of almost 3.000 tons of steel. A few years later, during the Second World War, the same steel used would have cost more than the whole stadium.

May was always a special month for River Plate: therefore its inauguration month. On Wednesday 25th, about 8.000 people attended the resection of an Argentine flag and one of our club, financed by a group of members and sang the National Anthem and River Plate's Hymn.River played against Peñarol (a team from Uruguay). River beat them 3-1.

If something was lacking in this National Symbol, it was accomplished when the 1978 World Cup took place. With the construction of the missing wing, with less capacity, grandstands for a total of 76.609 spectators, capacity that had never existed at any stadium before. The unforgettable inauguration took place on June 1st (West Germany vs. Poland), another seven more meetings, Argentinean's victory, River Plate's titles, plus the international consecrations.

On November 29th 1986, a great act of justice took place, the majestic building was named: Antonio Vespucio Liberti.

Monumental Stadium "Antonio Vespucio Liberti"
Total Capacity: 56449 seats
Covered Seats: 25568 seats
Year of Construction: May 25th 1938. Inaugural match was River vs. Peñarol (Montevideo- Uruguay).
Year of Reconstruction: World Cup 1978 - Headquarters: Argentina.

1978 FIFA World Cup, Games played in Monumental

Date Round Group Team 1 Vs. Team 2
June 1 1 2 West Germany 0-0 Poland
June 2 1 1 Argentina 2-1 Hungary
June 6 1 1 Argentina 2-1 France
June 10 1 1 Italy 1-0 Argentina
June 14 2 A West Germany 0-0 Italy
June 18 2 A Italy 1-0 Austria
June 21 2 A Netherlands 2-1 Italy
June 24 Third place
Brazil 2-1 Italy
June 25 Final
Argentina 3-1 (AET) Netherlands



Source: http://www.cariverplate.com.ar; http://en.wikipedia.org

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