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Estadio Alberto J. Armando
The Estadio Alberto J. Armando (formerly the Estadio Camilo Cichero) is a stadium located in the La Boca district of Buenos Aires. Affectionately known as La Bombonera (the Chocolate Box) due to its rectangular shape, it is home to Boca Juniors, one of Argentina's most famous football clubs.
The stadium was first used for a friendly match between Boca and San Lorenzo on May 25 1940. It underwent a major renovation in 1995-96, raising its capacity to 57,395, and was given its current official name on 27 December 2000. The stadium is named for a former club president who promised a major renovation of La Bombonera upon his election in 1975, but his plans were delayed by the country's political and economic situation. Visiting teams are said to be intimidated by the stadium's acoustics.
Of its 57,395 capacity, there are 37,538 seats reserved for members, 17,077 terraces and 2780 boxes, and its interior is lined with many murals painted by artist Pérez Célis depicting many of the club's legendary players and many aspects of the district's culture. The stadium also contains a museum celebrating the club's history, opened in 2001.
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