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River Plate say they will have biggest stadium in South America

River Plate say they will have biggest stadium in South America

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Martin Demichelis unveiled as new coach of River Plate - Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina - November 16, 2022 River Plate's Martin Demichelis during the press conference with River Plate vice president Matias Pataninan, president Jorge Brito and sports director Enzo Francescoli REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian/File Photo

The Argentine club River Plate announced on Tuesday the final stage of refurbishment work on its Mas Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires with 3,500 seats added for a total of capacity of 84,567 people.

The new stadium will be bigger than expected, making it the largest in South America surpassing other emblematic venues such as the Monumental in Lima, Peru (80,093) and the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (78,838).

After the completion of the first stage, modifications were made to the original plan adding more seats and increasing the accommodations of the upper stands, as River first reported a maximum capacity of 81,000.

In addition, the club is putting on sale 40,565 old wooden seats of the stadium where Argentina were crowned champions in the 1978 World Cup Final when they defeated the Netherlands 3-1 after extra time.

"We are going to give priority to those who had the good fortune to live many beautiful experiences in those seats so that they can have them as a souvenir and tell their grandchildren what they lived there," River president Jorge Brito said in September.

River Plate, now coached by Martin Demichelis, is expecting to open the stadium to the public in mid-2024.

Source: Reuters

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