March 22nd, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Estadio Velez Sarsfield *SOLD OUT!*

An amazing show tonight.  A sold out stadium.  Looks promising.  Let’s see how it goes, and for those who are going, have a lot of fun…….I am sure you will.  Updates, pics and videos later tonight.  See ya!

The Estadio José Amalfitani is a stadium in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is the home of Vélez Sarsfield from the Argentine First Division. Inside Argentina, a common nickname for the stadium is El Fortín (“The Fort”); outside the country, the stadium is frequently called Vélez Sarsfield after its primary occupant.

The stadium was built in 1947 and later remodeled in preparation for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. It has capacity for 49,540 spectators although it doesn’t provide seating for all of them like many Argentine stadiums.

It is effectively the national stadium for Argentina rugby; although Los Pumas play Test matches throughout the country, their highest-profile Tests are usually held here.

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Current distribution

The 49,540 tickets were distributed as follows:

   * North Lower Tier: 1,728 people
   * North Middle Tier: 1,932 people
   * North Upper Tier: 5091 people
   * South Lower Tier: 5817 people
   * South Upper Tier: 6072 people
   * East Grandstand: 14,700 people
   * West Grandstand: 14,200 people 

In turn, the field measures 105 meters long and 70 meters wide.

Location and transport

The Estadio Jose Amalfitani is in Avenida Juan B. Justo 9200, Liniers District, Buenos Aires.

The main access routes are Avenida Juan B. Justo, Rivadavia, Álvarez Jonte. Autopistas “25 de Mayo” y “Acceso Oeste”.

The stadium is accessible by the following bus routes: 1, 2, 4, 5, 21, 28, 34, 46, 47, 52, 80, 86, 96, 106, 108, 109, 162, 166, 172 , 289, 326, 343. Mid- and long-distance bus terminals “Parada Liniers” are in the vicinity, as well as railway “TBA” (ex Sarmiento)


Foundation and early remodelling

Previously the club had used his court in the district of Villa Luro, with which he earned the nickname “The Fort” and was adopted by the new stadium. In 1932, when the Official Review published a note in which the journalist Hugo Marini, chief of the sports section, described the stadium Luro Villa as a “Fortress”, to be considered impregnable in that chamber.

The old fort of Villa Luro, the National Guard of Basualdo, owns the historic unbeaten run of 24 games being 1934 and 1935. Sin embargo, la mejor marca la ostenta el estadio actual, en el barrio de Liniers , sostenida por 28 partidos entre 1967 y 1969 . However, the best record is held by the current stadium in the district of Liniers, supported by 28 games between 1967 and 1969. Otras dos buenas rachas fueron las de los 21 partidos entre 1985 y 1986 , y de los 20 encuentros de 1983 . [ 2 ] Two winning streaks were those of the 21 games between 1985 and 1986, and the 20 matches of 1983. [2]

1943 – In that year it obtained assignment swamp Arroyo Maldonado by the authorities of the Western Railway in the area of the district of Liniers,. Floodplains were considered irrecoverable by everyone except for Amalfitani and a group of collaborators. In just over two years achieved complete them. When they succeeded, they raised the stands with the planks of the old Fort. On April 11, amid some extraordinary festivities, Velez finally opened his own golf game in a friendly match against River Plate, the champion, ending 2 to 2. Juan José Ferraro became the first goal at the new stadium at 3 minutes, and then rose Angel Fernandez tied Pedernera converting two goals of the visit.

1947 – foundation stone. Place the foundation stone for the construction of the current Velezana Stadium. The old wooden planks of the Fort of Barragan and Gaona began to be replaced by an imposing concrete structure that will be inaugurated in 1951 for the pride of the Argentine soccer Velezanos and everything.

1951 – The stadium of concrete. On April 22, Velez stood up to the big: on the same site occupied since the early AD 40, and after three years of practice localia in other fields, opened a brand new stadium, of almost entirely concrete. That afternoon, completing the event, the team beats Hurricane by 2 to 0 with goals by striker Raul Napoli.

1968 – On December 7 is imposed (by Assembly Members) to the stadium’s name “Jose Amalfitani” in honor of the illustrious character of the institution par excellence.

1969 – Lights in the Amalfitani. In a friendly against Santos of Pele, played on December 6, “The Outpost” opens the most advanced lighting system at the time. The Don Pepe Amalfitani project was carried out by Siemens Argentina. Four towers of 45 meters high with quartz-iodine bulbs and lamps combined HKI established the basis of an illumination that ensured the latest in the field, to the point that it no longer would have to change anything when it imposed the telecast in color.

[edit] World Cup Argentina 1978

The XI World Cup was held in Argentina, between 1 and 25 June 1978. The World Cup was the first to be held in South America since 1962. The tournament was played in six stages spread over the cities of Buenos Aires, Rosario, Mar del Plata, Cordoba and Mendoza.

In 1976, the military junta led by Lieutenant General Jorge Rafael Videla, who had taken power in a coup, established a body called the World autarkic entity 78 (EAM 78), which is responsible for the refurbishment of stadiums River Plate, Rosario Central and Velez Sarsfield, the construction of three new properties in the city of Mendoza (built on the slopes of Cerro de la Gloria), the de Mar del Plata and of Cordoba, located in the area of Chateau Carreras, plus the total development of the logistics infrastructure, tourism and communications.

EAM Project 78 was held by the army, to be sure that the money was handled at the World Cup should not be “justified.” This money was mainly used to build stadiums that cost about 5 times more than those of Spain 1982. It was from his assumption that the costs began to climb so unprecedented, reaching 520 million U.S. dollars.

On this occasion, the Estadio Jose Amalfitani was remodeled according to the requirements of FIFA for secondary venue outside the city of Buenos Aires. With a loan to the institution Liniers, debt that was later canceled, he built a single new audience (South High), which added to the existing platforms and audiences increased the stadium capacity to 49,540 people. In turn the facility was remodeled media sector according to the technological advances of the time.

The Jose Amalfitani Stadium hosted three matches of the 1978 FIFA World Cup and seven matches, including the final, of the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.


2 responses to “March 22nd, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Estadio Velez Sarsfield *SOLD OUT!*

  1. gracias por todo son una gran banda un gran grupo y que musicos estan en mi corazon siempre los espero suerte en toda la gira

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