La Bombonera

Boca Tickets

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Research buying tickets to a Boca Juniors game on the Internet and you’d think the only way to do it is 1) show up an hour or so before hand to buy them on the street and just hope that you aren’t sold fake tickets, 2) buy really expensive tickets with a transfer from your hotel and a guide that explains the game to you, 3) know someone who works for a multinational that has season tickets they aren’t using and get lucky.

We’d been wanting to go to a Boca game at La Bombonera, Boca’s famous stadium, for some time, so when four San Telmo Lofters also wanted to go, we decided it was time to figure it out once and for all. In this video shot at the Boca-Racing match, I’ll tell you how to get tickets at the regular price and show you footage of the game and the amazing fans. The key points are also outlined here below.

Two Options for Advanced Ticket Purchases

There are ways to get tickets in advance, but both options seemed really expensive to us. Still, some people might prefer the security of buying tickets ahead of time and being escorted to and from the stadium.

  1. Boca Experience – The Boca Juniors website implies that the only way tourists can purchase tickets is through Boca Experience. The prices range from $150 US to $400 US (for River-Boca games). The Boca-Racing game that we attended would have cost us $200 US each if we’d purchased through Boca Experience.
  2. Football Passion – I found these guys through their Facebook page and contacted them to see what their offers were. They have much better prices than Boca Experience, ranging from 250 – 430 pesos. But we really didn’t want a transfer and guide for the whole game. (*Below a commenter has complained about their service.)

Certain there had to be another way, we asked around and found out how the locals do it.

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Climbing to our seats.

How Boca Fans Get Tickets

Boca Ticket

Ticket to Boca v. Racing

 

Tickets to the game go on sale on the morning of game day. In our case, for a 7:00 PM game, the ticket office opened at 10:00 AM and we were told to get there about an hour early. We only got there 30 minutes early, so the cheapest tickets (those for 90 pesos) were already sold out. Also, each person is only allowed to buy two tickets, so if there are six people total going to the game, three people need to go to the ticket office.

Boca was playing Racing so the tickets weren’t as sought after as those for a Boca-River match. The line to buy tickets was only about 30 minutes long.

 

Hinchadas

Even in defeat, Boca’s fans rock on.

Our tickets cost 180 pesos and we were in Platea Media, Sector D (map of stadium seating). These same tickets would have cost 430 pesos with Football Passion. I loved our seats because we were right next to the popular section where Boca’s famous fans were. It was thrilling.

The ticket office is located on the corner of Palos and Villafañe, right down the road from La Bombonera. It’s only about 12 blocks away from us (a 15-minute walk or 5-minute cab ride).

Boca Fans!

Our Day at La Bombonera

The Boca Juniors vs. River Plate game is in two weeks. We’ll head to La Bombonera again to see if tickets can be purchased on game day, how early we need to get there, and what the tickets cost.

Have you guys ever been to a game at La Bombonera? How did you get your tickets?

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  • Martin

    March 30, 2015, 5:54 pm Reply

    Dear Angela,

    thank you for this post. It helped me a lot during my research. I will be in BA during theweekend of the superclasico. Yes, I have heard from some Argentinians that it is almost impossible to get tickets for this game, especially in La Bombonera. Because I am afraid to buy fake tickets (in front of the stadium) I am considering an agency or mercado libre (where fake tickets are floating too).

    1. Boca Experience wants a lot (600-800USD), Voy y Vuelvo already less (400USD), others have not responded yet or need to wait until April.
    2. So far, I have only encountered vendors on mercadolibre that have no reputation yet (Este vendedor aún no tiene suficientes ventas para calcular su reputación). However, from the price ranges from about 2,500 pesos.

    From your experience how much time in advance of the game will the tickets be sold, how much can I really expect to pay for the superclasico, and is there another way to get in touch with a vendor from mercadolibre than leaving comments below the article and hoping it will not be deleted by mercadolibre (something like a private message, or do I have to buy first)? I speak Spanish but I am not familiar with mercadolibre or “mercado pago”.

    Thank you!
    Martin

  • Angela McCallum

    March 30, 2015, 7:08 pm Reply

    Hi Martin,

    This is a lot of great information for other people that are researching the same thing. Thanks for posting here.

    I’ve had guests get tickets through Tangol and Landing Pad BA, which are a legitimate agencies and would likely know the price and availability now. Others like, Vamos a la Cancha will not have an answer until closer to the match, but they are legitimate, too.

    In my experience with Mercado Libre vendors, the tickets belong to a socio (like season tickets for members). There is a photo of that socio on the ticket. After the match, you’ll have to return the socio card to the vendor. I’ve gone a couple of times this way and had no trouble. You’ll need to know which entrance to use and the vendor will likely tell you which one.

    When you purchase anything on Mercado Libre, you purchase it. You can’t decide to empty your cart. You can choose that you want to pay the vendor in person. I’ve also heard that some people who have used a foreign credit card have had trouble with Mercado Libre. I think I’d choose to pay in person anyway so that I could see the tickets before handing over the money. You won’t see their email until you’ve made a purchase so the only way to communicate with them is by leaving a message on their post on Mercado Libre.

    Hope this helps. I’ll send you an email with the email addresses of two vendors we have used before. Maybe you can write to them to see if they respond and have tickets.

    Cheers,
    Angela

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