River doubled the bet with the continuity of Marcelo Gallardo at the head of the team. But at the same time, he finishes giving shape to his house in Núñez: from 1:00 p.m., its main leaders, led by Jorge Brito, make the formal presentation from the second stage of remodeling of the Monumental. The goal in the press conference, offered by President Rodolfo D’Onofrio, is officially announce the follow-up of the works in the Antonio Vespucio Liberti, whose purpose will be to achieve a stadium capacity expansion. Then, the details that make a great work: aesthetically modernize the historic River Plate structure.
After what was the renovation of the playing field grass, with the latest generation hybrid system, the project will now start its second stage, which will consist of the construction of the stands: they will be the lower ones of the San Martín and Belgrano side stalls. In addition, the incorporation of popular in the headers Sívori and Centenario. The idea is to add around 9,000 more places and for the Monumental, which currently has capacity for 72,000 people, to house around 81,000 spectators.
In the sector where the canvases are now located between the limits of the lawn and the low stalls that were placed where the athletics track used to be, the new locations will be installed that will be almost at the foot of the field. The intention is that the stands are approximately 12 meters apart. When the work is finished, the total capacity will have a 75 percent of audiences and 25 percent of popular, which will mean some 60 thousand stalls and 21 thousand popular. This is due to the fact that the current high rings will become sectors for plateites and the popular ones will be located in the lower heads (lower and upper).
Another of the great modifications that will exist in the Alberto Vespucio Liberti Stadium that will also stop having individual income for each team. It is that, with the reforms, A new single tunnel will be built through which the two teams will come out onto the pitch together.
On the other hand, for this stage it was stipulated that the wooden seats dating from the eighties be removed to be replaced by new folding ones. That is another of the strongest requests from River fans. The truth is that from the CD they explained that for the moment they will not be carried out for a financial matter.
Another facility that is planned to be built is a restaurant, overlooking the court and also the charming Barrio River, as well as three floors of parking (will increase capacity to 1,300 vehicles). In turn, a ‘360 cordon’ of new boxes which in principle will be super modern and with a preferential location.
Good news for Marcelo Gallardo and for all River fans is that the works are planned to begin immediately and, as it will be in sections, the Millionaire will not have to change the venue as he did during the year 2020 when he played a good part of their matches at the Libertadores de América de Independiente stadium.
One of the issues that has come up in recent days is is very close to taking a valuable step that became a tradition in the European leagues and in the United States: close an agreement with a sponsor to change the name of the Monumental stadium. The sponsor in question would be an international supermarket chain and the project includes Antonio Vespucio Liberti carrying part of the sponsor’s name.
According to sources close to River, an interested company is the supermarket chain ChangoMore, leadered by Francisco De Narvaez. This is the firm that kept the Argentine license for Walmart last September for 44,000,000 dollars, and from then on it put its denomination in all the stores of the chain. According to surveys in recent days, the brand will include the word “More” in the new name of the stadium, which has not yet transpired, as long as it is chosen. It is not a unique candidate: it competes with an oil company and with a multinational firm. The efforts still have a lot of development ahead.