New York, NY – On Sunday, May 5, 2013, I was at the Football Factory at Legends (6 West 33rd St, NYC) to watch Superclásico clash between the Boca Juniors and River Plate. I knew both sides had their hardcore supporters here in New York so I anticipated a boisterous atmosphere that the may have never been experienced at the Football Factory.
While the action between the two fiercest Argentine rivals in front of a sellout crowd at Boca’s La Bombonera stadium was happening over at Argentina, the Football Factory and their patrons were experiencing the South American passion between the two sides. Prior to the match beginning, the Boca Juniors supporters had arrived early anticipating a showdown with their rival supporters club, River Plate NY.
On beautiful Cinco De Mayo, the members of River Plate NY marched to the Football Factory from Times Square. As soon they entered the Football Factory and made their way down the stairs, the Boca Juniors supporters started playing their drums in response to River Plate’s explosive entrance.
As the drums banged loudly and the flags were passionately waved, both sides met in the center of the Football Factory. As both sides waged in a clever exchange of verbal and physical banter, members of each side acknowledged the other as they shook hands and hugged.
Knowing members from each side, I wasn’t concerned about any potential violence breaking out. Besides, I had my Weapons of Justice… My Pen, Pad and Black Belt on hand.
With all the emotions, chanting, drumming, flag waving, cheers and moans, I didn’t really pay attention to the match because I was marveled by both sides love for their club. Just the human emotion both sides exhibited was all I needed to understand how the contest was flowing.
Sunday’s Superclásico at the Football Factory was a rowdy and amazing experience. The only thing wrong with Sunday’s contest was the 1-1 draw. Personally speaking, I wanted a winner.
Here are some photos I took. I love the fact that many of the photos are blurred because the emotions and body movements were constantly changing. Enjoy the photos and I hope to see you at the next Superclásico!