San Mamés

Athletic Bilbao’s home ground is the Estadio San Mamés, a stadium that was simply named after the old stadium of the club. The former San Mamés is a stadium with a unique story.

Discover the unique ambience at San Mamés

The first San Mamés had a capacity of 7000 at first, but expansions were made throughout the entire 20th century. With the World Cup of 1982 in mind, the stadium underwent a grand renovation that would allow 46,000 supporters in the stadium. The stadium got pretty old after a couple of decades and had to be renewed. The new San Mamés opened in 2013 and still serves as the home of Athletic Bilbao – a club with a heart for its fans; and vice versa. You’ll read why in the following chapter.

The beautiful story of San Mamés

The Estadio San Mamés, which is located in Bilbao, opened in 1913 and the footballers paid the stadium themselves. Their passion for football grew, which made them want their own stadium. The team collected 98,000 pesetas which was enough to build a stadium with. This stadium was the first football-oriented stadium in Spain. The nickname of the stadium is ‘La Catedral’ and it is called this way by almost the entire population of Spain. The legendary Estadio San Mamés was demolished precisely a century after its opening and a substitution was built. This stadium is also called the Estadio San Mamés and still has the same nickname.

Visit San Mamés?

Are you in Bilbao and would you like to visit a match of Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés? Or are you planning on doing a tour of the stadium during your stay? You can reach the stadium easily from the city’s centre. Metro ‘Línea De Metro Bilbao’ towards Kabiezes brings you to San Mamés within 15 minutes. The same goes for bus C1 towards Santurtzi. Hop on at bus stop Bilbao-Abando and hop off at bus stop San Mamés. You could also walk to the stadium. It only takes 30 minutes to walk to the stadium and you’ll automatically see another beautiful part of Bilbao. Would you like to visit San Mamés? Book your football trip to Athletic Bilbao and discover the impressive San Mamés!