A dream came true in Banfield
I just learned, thanks to one of my editors of Ser Argentino, the best of them all, that I will not name so that the rest will not be jealous, that a few months ago there was a historical moment in Argentine football, a momentthat I waited for a long time, and I do not understand how I did not find out before. South of the Federal Capital, in the beautiful Florencio Sola stadium in the town of Banfield, a new grandstand was premiered on the court of Drillero. So far everything is more or less normal, there’s no need to do so much of a lot, right? No, I don’t. Yes, we have to do it and highlight the fact as much as we can: the new grandstand, called Eliseo Mouriño in honor of the star of the club, has no wire or moat or nothing. It’s a “European-style” stand.
Maybe someone who’s reading us from the outside is wondering why all the fuss. And the answer is simple: because we live in a country that is unable to allow visitors to the stadiums. That he is unable to organize a final of Libertadores (and there we can’t blame the wire fence, the Boca bus didn’t even reach the stadium). Because in another Libertadores, with wire and everything, we were unable to prevent pepper spray on the contrary, suspending the game. Because of all this, I see the possibility of playing without wire as an advance to the level of discovery of fire: it makes me think that another society is possible.
Not only did they pull out the wire, Banfield’s reforms are deeper.
In addition to removing the perimeter wire that overlooks Lugano Street, club authorities added seats to a sector that once was a popular rostrum. The new space includes 2500 fans and has the category of “general”, which implies that to access you only have to be a member of the institution, there is no charge for the additional platea.
Security is in charge of 35 policemen: 25 on the field and 10 on the most top of the rostrum. But luckily not it was necessary for none to intervene: the audience of “la Mouriño”, as the say fans, mostly families, has been behaving impeccable.
One more detail: Banfield is the only Argentine football club whose highest authority is a woman. Lucía Barbuto has been the president of the club for a year. Maybe it’s time there were more women in important spaces of our football. It seems that they are capable of what until very recently was considered impossible.
Hipólito Azema nació en Buenos Aires, en los comienzos de la década del 80. No se sabe desde cuándo, porque esas cosas son difíciles de determinar, le gusta contar historias, pero más le gusta que se las cuenten: quizás por eso transitó los inefables pasillos de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Una vez escuchó que donde existe una necesidad nace un derecho y se lo creyó.
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