While I have gone to a few football matches in South America along the way everyone has raved about seeing Boca Jr in Argentina and how I MUST go.
It was on my list of things to do here but actually getting to a game was more complicated that I realized.
Boca only sells to club members so you cannot simply go to the stadium and buy a ticket.
However, members don’t go to all the games and give their tickets to an agency to sell.
At a hefty price.
The price of a ticket is roughly 10 dollars but the agency sold tickets go for 10 times as much.
But wait, there is alternative.
You can go to the stadium a day before, which is a sketchy end of the city, and try to buy from scalpers. They begin at a bargain basement price of three to five times the original price.
What a deal?
The problem is the scalpers also sell fake tickets so you can end up paying $50, getting a fake ticket and seeing nothing.
I couldn’t take a chance.
My friend Chris was coming to visit for the week and I didn’t want to end up with fake tickets so we sucked it up and shelled out $100 – a price I wouldn’t have thought twice to spend at home but is nearly three days budget for me on the road.
Totally worth it.
The game was so much fun. Our guide picked us up, took us to the stadium and wisely explained to sit underneath the seats above us.
Why? If you sit out from under the level above you, the visitors area, you are subjected to constant water, urine, spit and garbage being thrown on you.
The tip is worth the additional $90, having urine poured on your head ruins the game.
In the end Boca tied, they probably should have lost, but I was able to participate in two goal celebrations.
It was everything people said it was going to be and a highlight of South America.