Campo Argentino de Polo

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Campo Argentino de Polo
Argentine Polo Ground
Cathedral of Polo
Campo Polo.jpg
The Campo Argentino during
a polo match in 2014
Full name Campo Argentino de Polo
Address Avenida del Libertador and Avenida Dorrego
Location Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Owner Argentine Army[1]
Operator Argentine Polo Association [2]
Type Stadium
Genre(s) Sport events
Music concerts
Capacity 30,000 [3]
Surface Grass
Opened October 27, 1928; 89 years ago (1928-10-27)

The Campo Argentino del Polo (Argentine Polo Ground), popularly known as The Cathedral of Polo, is a multi-purpose stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is currently used mostly for polo, pato and field hockey matches.[4]

The stadium, opened in 1928, holds up to 30,000 people and is located in the Palermo neighbourhood, on Del Libertador Avenue, close to Hipódromo Argentino.[5]

This is a unique polo field, situated ten minutes away from downtown Buenos Aires, and home to the Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, the most important polo event in the world, held there since 1928. The field is considered the most complete, modern and comfortable for spectators in the sport.[5]

History[edit]

The Campo Argentino in 1940

The Campo Argentino was erected on the same land where the Sociedad Sportiva Argentina stadium had been located since its establishment in 1899 until its expropriation from the Government of Argentina in 1914, when the National Army took over the stadium after the second period of five years (counting from 1909) came to an end. Ten years later, the Ministry of War led by Agustín P. Justo expropriated the lands and transferred them to the Army, which is its owner since then.[1]

After taking the lands, the Army built two polo fields (known as "canchas 1 y 2"). The Campo Argentino was officially inaugurated on October 27, 1928, with a match between civil and military teams (named "Civiles" and "Militares" respectively).[6] The Army has rented Campo Argentino to the Argentine Polo Association since then.[2]

In 1978, the Campo Argentino was the venue for all the matches of the World Field Hockey Cup, won by Pakistan.[7] A total of seven hockey fields were specially prepared on the canchas 1 and 2 for the occasion.[8]

Defunct competition America's Polo Cup ("Copa de las Américas") took place in Campo Argentino on numerous occasions. In this classic match, the best team from Argentina played against the best one from the United States.

The stadium has been also used for music concerts. Oasis, Jamiroquai, Carlos Santana, Shakira, Neil Young, R.E.M., Beck, Luciano Pavarotti, The Pretenders and Phil Collins are some of the artists who have performed at Campo Argentino.

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Coordinates: 34°34′17.35″S 58°25′37.09″W / 34.5714861°S 58.4269694°W / -34.5714861; -58.4269694

Preceded by
Kuala Lumpur
Men's Hockey World Cup
Final Venue

1978
Succeeded by
Mumbai
Preceded by
None
World Polo Championship
Venue

1987
Succeeded by
Mailfeld
Berlin