San Mamés is home to Athletic Bilbao, the stadium opening in 2013 to replace the club’s former stadium of the same name which had they played at for 100 years.
At the time of the stadium’s opening match, a 3-2 win for Athletic over Celta Vigo on the 16th September 2013, only three quarters of the stadium had been completed as one end was left opened for matches to be continued at the old stadium and San Mamés was fully completed ahead of the 2014-15 season.
San Mamés hosted the 2018 European Rugby Champions Cup final in which Irish side Leinster defeated French club Racing 92, 15-12. This was the first time the Final of the competition had been played outside one of the Six Nations countries and drew a capacity crowd.
The stadium had been chosen as one of the host venues of UEFA Euro 2020, hosting Spain’s 3 group matches and a Round of 16 match, however was replaced as the local government could not give assurances that fan’s would be able to attend during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tenants: Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
Tickets at San Mamés
Tickets for Athletic Bilbao matches are available to purchase online or at the ticket office at San Mamés, which is only open the day before each match (10:30am to1:30pm and 5:30pm to 8:00pm) and on match day (10:30am to 1:00pm and from 2 hours before the match).
Tickets are available for most matches on the day, however for bigger matches such as the Basque derby, Barcelona or Real Madrid you should buy well in advance.
For further information and to purchase tickets for upcoming Athletic Bilbao matches, click on the official website here.
Location & Travel to San Mamés
San Mamés is located next to the Bilbao estuary and the Olabeaga and Zorrozaurre districts, close to central Bilbao in the northern Basque region of Spain.
Air – Bilbao Airport is the largest airport in the Basque country and Northern Spain, with flights on offer across the country and continental Europe.
The airport is located 9 kilometres north of Bilbao, with Bizkaibus bus line 3247 connecting the airport with Moyúa square and the city’s bus station.
Bus – Bilbobus lines 28, 38 and 62 all run close to the stadium.
Metro – Lines 1 and 2 of the Metro Bilbao stop at the San Mamés metro stop, directly outside the stadium. From the city’s main train station at Bilbao-Abando, it is 3 stops away and takes just under 10 minutes.
Train – Bilbao’s main train station is Bilbao-Abando, with direct services to cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Burgos, Valladolid, Vigo, Segovia, Haro, Logroño, Zarragoza, Lleida, and Tarragona.
The Cercanías Bilbao is the commuter rail network around Bilbao, with trains on lines C-1 and C-2 running to San Mamés. The journey time from Abando is just 5 minutes and services run every 15 minutes.
Tram – The Euskotren tram has 12 stations across Bilbao, including one at San Mamés. From the city’s main train station at Bilbao-Abando, the tram runs along the river Nervión, with a fair costing €1.50 and takes just over 10 minutes.
Walk – Given its central location, it is relatively simple to walk to San Mamés if in the city centre. It just 15 minutes walk from Moyúa square via Ercilla Kalea and Urkixo Zumarkalea, or about 20 minutes from the Guggenheim Museum via Abandoibarra Etorb.
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San Mamés Stadium Tour & Museum
A stadium tour is available at San Mamés from Tuesday to Sunday, operating between 10am and 8pm (7pm between November and February).
Tickets costs €14, €5 for children (6-14 years old) or free for Under 5s. Groups of between 15 and 30 cost €7 per person. The cost of the ticket also includes entry to the Athletic Bilbao museum
Further information is available on the official Athletic Bilbao website here.