The Estadio Alberto J. Armando (formerly the Estadio Camilo Cichero) is a stadium located in the La Boca district of Buenos Aires. Widely known as La Bombonera (the Chocolate Box) due to its shape, with a “flat” stand on one side of the pitch and three steep stands round the rest of the stadium. It is also known as the Caldeirão do Clube Atlético Boca Juniors (The Boca Junior Athletic Club Cauldron) and has a capacity of 57,395.
The stadium is owned by Boca Juniors, one of Argentina‘s most famous football clubs. The unusual shape of the stadium has led to it having excellent acosutics and the Boca support being nicknamed “La Doce” (The 12th man).
Three sides of the Bombonera are made up of traditional stands. However, the fourth side had to be built vertically, with several seating areas stacked one on top of the other, to stay within the stadium’s property. La Bombonera is renowned for vibrating when fans start to jump in rhythm. In particular, the unique vertical side will sway slightly, leading to the phrase “The Bombonera does not tremble. It beats”. (Spanish: La Bombonera no tiembla. Late)
The pitch at La Bombonera is the minimum length required under FIFA regulations – 105m x 68m.