They say in Argentina: “La Bombonera does not tremble, it beats.”
Nicknamed the ‘the chocolate box’ for its steep stands that almost stack the fans on top of one another, the incessant jumping and stomping from the Boca Juniors’ faithful makes the D-shaped Bombonera vibrate, with the subsequent tremors felt in the stands and on the pitch.
“When I first entered La Bombonera, I started running to warm up and felt like the ground was shaking,” said Ariel Krasouski, title winner with Boca in 1981. “At first, I thought it was my legs, and I was worried.
“Then I realised that it wasn’t me, it was the ground. The ground was moving. Later, I realised it happened to all the players. When La Bombonera is full and all the fans are singing, it has that powerful effect on you. Not just mentally, but also physically.”
Built in 1934, La Bombonera was named the ‘most fearsome’ in a poll conducted on the Copa Libertadores’ website a few years ago, and watching from the top of the stand is not advised if one is afraid of heights.
You too can become a Boca ultra, if only for one day - tourists can take part in the ‘Adrenalina Tour’, immersing themselves with the club’s most die-hard fans and being enveloped by the mini-earthquakes they create.