I’d heard that the infamous Boca Juniors stadium, La Bombonera, moves with the crowd, but I still wasn’t prepared for the feeling of the massive concrete structure swaying under my feet.
The crowd, la hinchada, was unlike anything I’d ever experienced.
And being from football obsessed Texas, that says a lot.
My own university (Gig ’em Aggies!) shares the 12th Man Tradition with Boca Juniors.
I’m used to fandom that borders on cult like status.
But I still wasn’t prepared for the passion of Argentine futbol, it’s a must-do experience if you’re lucky enough to be in town on game day.
And if you want to go to a game you’ll quickly discover that it can be surprisingly difficult to get tickets.
Homefans is the answer and I recently went to a Boca Juniors game with them.
This post is a full review of my experience with Homefans and at the end you’ll find a discount code to get your own tickets!
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Soccer in Argentina with Homefans: An Honest Review
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Seats are delegated to members of that team’s club and getting tickets to a game in Argentina is nearly impossible without a guide.
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Homefans invited me to the first Boca Juniors game of the season in the infamous Bombonera stadium with one of their top fan-led tours.
Juan, the Boca hincha (Spanish for fan) who would be taking me and a few other visitors to the game, was in contact with me via WhatsApp a few days before the game with all the details.
On game day I met him and the rest of the group in front of a bakery just a few blocks from the stadium.
After being briefed on everything we’d need to know, off we went to the previa.
The previa, or pregame party, was an experience all on its own.
Fans crowded the street hyping each other up, drinking beers and eating choripan while singing the team’s hymns at full volume.
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After having a drink ourselves, we made our way to the stadium about an hour before the start of the game.
And I’m grateful for the early start.
We were able to get through the security checks without any issues. In a crowd we could have easily lost track of our guides.
I also enjoyed taking photos in front of the stadium like a proper tourist.
Once we got up to our seats we could relax a bit before the game.
Being the season opener I really enjoyed watching the fans file in and excitedly greet one another.
Since the tickets are sold as a membership, people have the same seats game after game throughout seasons. The stands form a sort of family.
The game kicked off with smoke bombs filling the stadium with blue and yellow, drums, fan songs being chanted in rhythm as the stands began to sway under our feet.
After a Boca win, we all calmly filed out of the stadium.
To be honest, I was expecting a bit more of a chaotic exit, but along with everyone else we slowly wound our way back down the stairs with our guides keeping a close eye on us.
Once back at our original meeting point, they pointed us all in the right direction and that was it, the end of the night (but just the beginning of the celebrations for everyone in the streets around us).
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Is it safe?
I’ve been wanting to go to a soccer game in Buenos Aires for years now, but was always a bit timid about it.
In fact, the topic came up once with my husband’s overly cautious friend and he erupted in negativity.
You would have thought I was thrusting myself into a literal fire.
But, in reality, I felt very safe despite our game being late at night (it started at 9:30 pm).
Our guides took us into the stadium almost an hour before the game started, so we were able to avoid any hustle of the crowds there. It was peaceful.
The seats were in the platea, as in, we had seats. You won’t be in the raucous chaos of the popular seating (where there is no seating, just a mosh pit of fans).
After the game, I will admit to getting in my head a bit. Our guides took us back to our original meeting spot and gave everyone directions on where to walk to catch a cab away from the busy streets.
It’s a bit chaotic, understandably so as thousands of fans flood the streets.
Forget getting a rideshare home in the immediate vicinity, none will accept the ride. You’ll want cash on hand for a taxi.
We were told to continue walking towards San Telmo down the main avenue until it cleared up a bit.
Having attended alone this got a bit intimidating for me, being here at midnight alone in the busy streets.
It wasn’t until many, many blocks that I finally got a taxi.
I recommend coming with a friend. While it wasn’t particularly dangerous (there were a ton of families with small children around me!), it would have felt better to have been with someone.
Even having lived here for over a decade, it did make me a bit nervous wandering around alone in the crowds at midnight.
Had I had my husband or a buddy with me, though, I think it would have just been another part of the adventure.
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Argentina Travel Resources
- TRAVEL INSURANCE | As of August 26, 2022 it is not longer a requirement to have travel insurance that includes COVID coverage to enter the country. HOWEVER, it still is and always has been a good idea to travel insured. It protects you in so many cases, like lost luggage and trip cancellations, medical emergencies and evacuations. It’s very affordable with the potential to save you thousands in the case of an emergency. I recommend SafetyWing.
- PHONE PLAN | These days, traveling with data is essential. Especially in Argentina where everything is managed on Instagram and WhatsApp. Purchasing a local SIM card can be tricky without a local ID, I recommend this E-SIM card, which has unlimited data. It’s hassle-free and affordable. If you have an older phone that doesn’t support E-SIM, check out DrimSim for a physical sim card alternative.
- ACCOMMODATION IN ARGENTINA | booking.com is the most common hotel site used in Argentina and it’s where you’ll find the most options.
- RENTAL CARS | I love to travel Argentina via road trip, check out RentalCars.com for the best rates for rental cars here.
- VPN | If you’ll be using a public WiFi connection and want to secure your data, I highly recommend using a VPN, I personally use and have had a good experience with ExpressVPN. I also use it to access Hulu and American Netflix from Argentina.
- FLIGHTS | Always check Google Flights and Skyscanner for flights to and within Argentina. Aerolineas Argentina is the local airline with the most routes. FlyBondi and Jetsmart are two budget airlines with dirt-cheap prices (but expect to pay for every add-on like luggage)z
- NEED HELP PLANNING? | I offer one-on-one travel consultations to help you plan your trip to Argentina. Pick my brain to get a local’s insight. Click here for more information.