Saturday, February 19, 2011

Argentina could play Four Nations matches at La Plata

The race to secure Los Pumas home matches during 2012 when Argentina enter the Four Nations seems to have already begun as a brand new stadium has been opened near the country´s capital city, Buenos Aires. On Thursday Argentina´s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and the governor of Buenos Aires Province, Daniel Scioli, were on hand to open the newest stadium in Argentina, el estadio Ciudad de La Plata. The venue was officially re-openned after renovations to give it world class facilities and a capacity of 53,000. It will not be the largest in Argentina but it will have the best facilities and is slightly larger than Velez Sarsfeld in Buenos Aires which has been used over the past decade to host at least one international rugby match per year.

Argentina´s Secretary of Sports for the State of Buenos Aires, Alejandro Rodríguez, made it clear that the venue is not simply going to be a soccer stadium. To the contrary, Rodríguez firmly believes that Argentina could play its Four Nations matches at the stadium. The upgrades make the venue as good as any in Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. It has gigantic LED screens centred above the middle of the field which will be viewable by fans from all view points in the stadium and the venues modern seating place it amongst the best in South America.

In an interview with Argentine Rugby website Alejandro Rodríguez said it is not confirmed but the stadium is going to have Los Pumas matches. With Los Pumas entering the Four Nations in 2012 against some of the best teams of the world Rodríguez´s ambition is clear and he has already had serious talks with the UAR. He is adament that the stadiums facilities combined with the rugby following within La Plata will create lots of excitement and attract fans in huge numbers.

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