The stadium pictured in 2010
|Full name||Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverri|
|Former names||Estadio Ferro Carril Oeste|
|Location||Caballito, Buenos Aires|
|Genre(s)||Sporting events |
|Opened||January 2, 1905|
|Ferro Carril Oeste|
Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverri is a stadium located in the Caballito district of Buenos Aires. It is the home venue of Club Ferro Carril Oeste. The stadium, opened in 1905 and located close to Caballito station of Sarmiento Line, has a current capacity of 24,442.
Inaugurated on January 2, 1905, Ferro Carril Oeste is the oldest football stadium of Argentina (referring to clubs affiliated to AFA) and the second in South America after Estadio Gran Parque Central (home venue of Uruguayan Club Nacional de Football, built in 1900).
Because of being located near the geographic centre of Buenos Aires, several former clubs used it as their home venues. Some of them were Alumni, Barracas AC, San Lorenzo, Argentinos Juniors, among others.
The stadium also hosted test matches played by the Argentina national rugby union team (Los Pumas) during the 1970s and 1980s, where Argentina played Ireland, New Zealand, France and Australia among others. In Ferro Carril Oeste, Argentina achieved notable wins over Australia (1979) and France (1985), and a celebrated 21–21 tie vs the All Blacks in 1985.
The stadium was built on a land granted by the manager of Buenos Aires Western Railway in 1905. That same year the first wooden grandstand was built. The first official match was played here on April 21, 1907, when Ferro C. Oeste and Plate tied 2–2. In 1906, the first official grandstand (with roof) was built. Due to being linked with the Western Railway company, the club hosted several sports activities in 1907 to celebrate the 50th. anniversary of first railway line in Argentina.
The first notable event hosted by the stadium was the 1907 Tie Cup final where Alumni defeated Uruguayan side CURCC 3–1. As Alumni did not have own venue, the team played its home matches at Ferro C. Oeste between 1907 and 1909. Although Ferro C. Oeste played in the Second Division, its stadium was a frecquent venue for several Primera División matches by other teams.
When the Flores Athletic Club disbanded in 1907, Ferro Carril Oeste acquired some of its facilities such as tennis and paleta courts. In September 1931, the official grandstand was completely destroyed by fire, but was rebuilt. During the 1930s, the club got materials in change for football players. Some transfers made that way were Federici to Huracán and Arcadio López to Boca Juniors. In this case, the club received a whole wooden grandstand that had been part of the old Boca Juniors stadium. Two years later, Boca Juniors opened La Bombonera, made of concrete. The wooden grandstand was located on Martín de Gainza street.
Since the 1980s the Ferro Carril Oeste stadium has hosted a large amount of artists performing there, mostly rock bands.
The first international artist to have performed at Ferro was British bandd The Cure in 1987, in a caotic concert that finished in a riot where hooligans and policemen fight inside and outside the stadium. During the following years, several artists performed in the stadium, having hosted three editions of the Monsters of Rock metal festival, in 1995, 1997 and 2005.
|Concerts hosted at Ferro C. Oeste Stadium|
|Charly García||Dec 1982||Yendo de la Cama al Living|||
|Riff||Dec 1983, Dec 1997||Sin Cadenas, Monsters of Rock|||
|Los Violadores||Dec 1983||Sin Cadenas|||
|The Cure||Mar 1987||Kissing tour|||
|Iron Maiden||July 1992, 2008||Fear of the Dark Tour|||
|Roxette||Abr 1995||Crash! Boom! Bang! Tour|||
|Faith No More||Sep 1995||Monsters of Rock|||
|Ozzy Osbourne||Sep 1995||Monsters of Rock|||
|Alice Cooper||Sep 1995||Monsters of Rock|||
|Paradise Lost||Sep 1995||Monsters of Rock|||
|Therapy?||Sep 1995||Monsters of Rock|||
|Clawfinger||Sep 1995||Monsters of Rock|||
|Rata Blanca||Sep 1995, Oct 2004, Sep 2005||Monsters of Rock|||
|Jimmy Page & Robert Plant||Jan 1996||No Quarter|||
|The Black Crowes||Jan 1996||No Quarter|||
|Soda Stereo||Nov 1996||Alternative Festival|||
|Marilyn Manson||Nov 1996||Alternative Festival|||
|Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds||Nov 1996||Alternative Festival|||
|Porno for Pyros||Nov 1996||Alternative Festival|||
|Cypress Hill||Nov 1996||Alternative Festival|||
|Los Fabulosos Cadillacs||Nov 1996||Alternative Festival|||
|Spacehog||Nov 1996||Alternative Festival|||
|Silverchair||Nov 1996||Alternative Festival|||
|Tracy Bonham||Nov 1996||Alternative Festival|||
|David Bowie||Nov 1997||Earthling Tour|||
|No Doubt||Nov 1997||Tragic Kingdom World Tour|||
|Molotov||Nov 1997||Despedazado Tour|||
|Café Tacuba||Nov 1997|||
|Whitesnake||Dec 1997, Sep 2005||Monsters of Rock|||
|Megadeth||Dec 1997||Monsters of Rock|||
|Queensrÿche||Dec 1997||Monsters of Rock|||
|The Offspring||Oct 2004||Quilmes Rock|||
|Judas Priest||Sep 2005||Monsters of Rock|||
|Lorihen||Sep 2005||Monsters of Rock|||
|Pearl Jam||Nov 2005|||
|My Chemical Romance||Feb 2008||The Black Parade|||
|Maroon 5||Jul 2012|||
|Jonas Brothers||Mar 2013||World Tour 2012–13|||
|Guns n' Roses||Abr 2014||Appetite for Democracy|||
- "El Estadio". Infraestructura (in Spanish). Club Ferro Carril Oeste. Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- "ESTADIO ARQUITECTO RICARDO ETCHEVERRI". Soccerway: Club Ferro Carril Oeste. Perform. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Estadio on Ferro C. Oeste website
- Chau tablón, Clarín, 23 Jul 2005
- Estadios argentinos by Carlos Aira on Xenen, 19 Jun 2016
- "El historial de los Pumas contra los grandes: los All Blacks, el único al que no le pudieron ganar", Cancha Llena, 8 Aug 2015
- "El historial de Los Pumas ante Australia, la tercera potencia", Infobae, 18 Oct 2015
- Viejos estadios: Ferro Carril Oeste
- "No bombardeen Buenos Aires": el recuerdo del histórico recital de Charly García en el estadio de Ferro en 1982
- El día que García bombardeó Buenos Aires, Clarín
- Por qué The Cure rompió su promesa y vuelve después de 26 años, La Nación/Rolling Stone
- Biografía de Riff, Rock.com.ar
- Los monstruos invadieron Buenos Aires, Clarín
- Iron Maiden deleitó a 25 mil personas
- Tour history on Pantera website
- LLega Roxette a la Argentina
- Monstruos en cuero, La Nación, 1995
- El día que Ferro fue hogar de todas las tribus heavies, Pagina/12, Oct 2004
- Elogio de la tercera edad, Página/12, Jan 12, 2014
- Rock & Pop alternativo en dos días, La Nación
- Cómo fueron los últimos a��os de Soda Stereo antes de la separación, Rolling Stone, 1 May 2017
- Viene David Bowie, Clarín, 27 Sep 1997
- Y desbordó Ferro, Clarín, Sep 2005
- Un buen primer paso de Pearl Jam, La Nueva, 28 Nov 2005
- My Chemical Romance en Argentina, Perfil, 2008
- Maroon 5 viene a Ferro, TN, 2012
- Jamiroquai hizo vibrar Ferro, Infobae
- Jonas Brothers en Ferro, Ciudad.com
- Guns N Roses tocó en Ferro con un Axl Rose irreconocible, Ciudad.com
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