Campo Argentino del Polo

Buenos Aires, Argentina | C.1928

Photo Credit: @jeropokle

In this cathedral, a different kind of religion is practiced. Since 1928, 30,000 people have gathered at the Campo Argentino de Polo (English: Argentine Polo Ground, a.k.a. “The Cathedral of Polo”) to enjoy polo, pato, and field hockey matches in Palermo, Argentina.

This unique polo field is home to the Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, the most important international polo event in the world, held here since the stadium’s inauguration. The most recent champions are La Dolfina, winners of 13 of the last 17 tournaments. The team is led by Adolfo Cambiaso, ranked as the top polo player in the world.

The stadium was erected on the same land where Sociedad Sportiva Argentina stadium had been located since its establishment in 1899. Sociedad Sportiva was expropriated from the Government of Argentina in 1914 when the National Army took over the stadium.

After taking the lands, the Army built two polo fields called “canchas” and the Campo Argentino was officially opened on October 27, 1928 with a match between civil and military teams (named “Civiles” and “Militares” respectively). The Army has rented the stadium to the Argentine Polo Association since then.

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