Anoeta Stadium (currently known as the Reale Arena for sponsorship reasons) has been the hope of Real Sociedad since it opened in 1993. The new venue replaced the club’s former home of Atotxa Stadium which with a capacity of 17,000 was too small.
Originally the venue featured an athletics track and hosted the 1993 European Athletics Junior Championships between the 29th July and 1st August to mark its opening. The official opening was a few days later with a friendly match between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid.
Major renovations were undertook between 2017 and 2019 which included removing the athletics track, as fan’s had often complained about the distance between the stands and the pitch. The renovations saw the stadium’s capacity raised to 39,500.
Previously, the stadium has hosted several Basque Country national matches and some matches for the nearby Top 14 rugby clubs Biarritz Olympique and Bayonne. The quarter-finals and Final of the 2019–20 UEFA Women’s Champions League were also played at Anoeta.
Tenants: Real Sociedad (La Liga)
Tickets at Anoeta Stadium
Tickets for Real Sociedad matches are available to purchase online or at the ticket windows at the stadium. Sociedad usually only sell out high profile matches, so tickets should be readily available even on the day of the match.
Location & Travel to Anoeta Stadium
The Anoeta Stadium is located approximately 2 kilometres south of central San Sebastián in the Basque country of northern Spain.
Airport: San Sebastián Airport is located 20 kilometres away, however at the time of writing only offered flights to Barcelona or Madrid. The nearest internationals are at Biarritz Airport in France, 50 kilometres away or Bilbao Airport just over 100 kilometres away which between them offer flights across Europe.
Bus: There are several buses that run to the stadium including lines 17, 24, 26, 28, 37 and B4.
Metro: Both lines of the Metro Donostialdea system (E2 and E5) run to the Anoeta station directly outside the stadium.
Train: Donostia-San Sebastián is the main railway station with services to Barcelona and Real Madrid. The city is also served by the Euskotren Trena network which also offers regional services across the Basque country.
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Walk: Walking from San Sebastián to the stadium takes about 30 minutes along Madrid Etorb.
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Anoeta Stadium Tour & Museum
Real Sociedad offer stadium tours of Anoeta, which also includes entry to the club’s museum which opened in 2009 to mark the club’s 100th anniversary. Tours take place at 11am (Basque) and 12pm (Spanish) between Tuesday and Friday during October and April, and Monday to Saturday from May to September.
The tour costs €6 for Adults and €4 for Children under 14. Entry is free to the museum on matchday for those with tickets. For further information, contact email@example.com