By Dan Williamson (@winkveron)
It’s quite unusual for a football club to have two homes, but Club Atlético Belgrano, of Córdoba, Argentina, have two stadiums to call their own. The majority of the club matches take place at the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes which was built to host matches for the 1978 World Cup. It was named after the legendary Argentine striker who hailed from Córdoba and was the top scorer during that tournament.
I lived in Córdoba during the 2012/2013 season and attended several Belgrano games at this stadium. It’s a little out of town so requires a longer drive and walk to the stadium. It holds 57,000 so when full can generate quite an atmosphere, but that only happens against the bigger teams. The running track means you aren’t particularly close to the pitch.
Córdoba’s two other prominent teams, Instituto and Talleres, also play at the Kempes if their stadiums are deemed to small to host a particular match. Boca Juniors recently played here as part of their Copa Argentina roadshow which takes them and River Plate around the country to satisfy their nationwide fan base. Even Madonna did a concert there!
In Part Two I’ll show you the other home of Club Atlético Belgrano.