San Mamés Stadium, was a football stadium in Bilbao, Biscay, Spain. The stadium was the home of Athletic Bilbao, known as Los Leones de San Mamés-Bilboko lehoiak (The Lions of San Mamés). They are known as Los Leones because their stadium was built near a church called San Mamés (Saint Mammes). Mammes was an early Christian, according to legend, who was thrown to the lions by the Romans.The club's new stadium, of the same name, was inaugurated on 16 September 2013.HistoryOpened in 1913, it was Spain's oldest built stadium before its demolition a distinction that together with its religious heritage has given rise to the nickname La Catedral .The first match at the stadium in August 1913 was a friendly between Athletic and Racing Club de Irún in a replay of the 1913 FEF Copa del Rey Final, which was the opening game of a triangular tournament also involving Shepherd's Bush F.C. The first goal was scored by the famous striker Pichichi.San Mamés could seat almost forty thousand people and was renowned for the unique and boisterous atmosphere its crowds of devoted and loyal fans would create on match-days. To plan Bilbao vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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La Liga has always been my favourite football leaque in Europe and when I saw this beautiful structure from the opposite bank of the Nervion River, I told my wife that we need to make our way there... more »
An incredible stadium. The stadium it's amazing and you can take the tour. It takes more or less one hour and you can visit all the important places. Besides this, you can visit the museum. The... more »
The best football stadium I've ever visited. I'm not a supporter of Athletic Bilbao but that place was unique and it is possible to watch a match wherever you sit in. Impressive, at least for people from Italy.
If you have an interest in football, even a slight interest, then this is a must. A club with a unique identity and amazing facilities that put most English clubs to shame. The museum and the subsequent tour were excellent. The store also offered something for the whole family to take away as a memory. I am a converted Athletico supporter!
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