SAN MAMÉS

ONE OF THE BEST STADIUMS OF THE WORLD


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ELITE


The design in terms of comfort, security, and accessibility has
resulted in the UEFA classifying the stadium as ELITE, the
maximum rating and a requirement to host major football events
such as the finals of national and international competitions.



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SELECTED AS THE SPANISH HOST FOR UEFA EURO 2020


The careful attention paid to elements
of the design such as access, circulation, comfort and safety, as well as the integration
of the stadium into the urban fabric of Bilbao, are just some of the reasons why the UEFA considers
San Mamés to be a stadium of reference in Europe. San Mamés has been selected by the UEFA
to host some of the Euro 2020 matches.

  • “San mamés is a wonderful stadium”

    Michel Platini, President of the UEFA
  • "Football in its purest form is played on this pitch"

    Ernesto Valverde, Trainer of Athletic Club
  • “A Champions League Stadium”

    Nika Cuenca, Journalist of Diario AS
  • “Bilbao without San Mamés is like Paris without the Eiffel Tower”

    Luis Fernández Former player of the French national football team and ex-manager of Athletic Club
  • "Playing in this stadium is breath-taking"

    Aritz Aduriz, Athletic striker
  • “The first challenge in designing the stadium was to preserve and enhance the magic of the Cathedral”

    César Azcárate, Head architect


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Over time, and despite retaining much of its “magic”, the old San Mamés stadium, inaugurated in 1913, had served its purpose well, however, there were many reasons to warrant its complete renovation.

“A great stadium,
fit for a unique club”

Josu Urrutia
President of Athletic Club

AWARDS


TheStadiumBusiness Awards

Finalist at the VI edition of TheStadiumBusiness Awards, New Venue Award category

WAF Awards

Stadium First Prize at the WAF Awards, World Architecture Festival 2015, Singapore

World Stadium Congress Awards

Stadium of the Year 2015 at the World Stadium Congress Awards, Qatar

StadiumDB Awards

Stadium Second Prize Stadium. Stadium of the Year Awards (Public Jury). StadiumDB Awards

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HISTORY
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Athletic Club, founded in 1898, is one of the big clubs, which along with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona has never been relegated to the Second Division. This great football tradition was cemented in the old stadium which was inaugurated in 1913. After undergoing many alterations, the stadium had served its purpose, and now the tradition lives on in the new stadium.

Keeping the old name, making it eternal
Alfredo Relaño
Diario As

Athletic Club, founded in 1898, is one of the big clubs, which along with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona has never been relegated to the Second Division. This great football tradition was cemented in the old stadium which was inaugurated in 1913. After undergoing many alterations, the stadium had served its purpose, and now the tradition lives on in the new stadium.

Keeping the old name, making it eternal
Alfredo Relaño
Diario As


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A EXCEPTIONAL ACOUSTIC


In the design of the stadium, the configuration of the stands has been meticulously
analysed. The result is a sensation of pressure on the visiting team, intimidating them while, at the
same time, spurring on the local players. The visual effect, the proximity of the fan to the pitch, along
with the acoustic effect of the thundering roar of the spectators, creates an atmosphere for
exceptional football.

HEAR TO ROAR OF THE LIONS


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LET THE SHOW BEGIN


Design, technology and sports in San Mamés new book


  • ONE STOP SHOP

The stadium has been built under a Design and Construction Management contract, with the involvement of Idom from the early stages of the project.

AFORO

SEATING CAPACITY

LOCALIDAD

PREMIUM & VIP SEATS

SUPERFICIE

SURFACE AREA (m2)

VELAS

EFTE SAILS ON THE FAÇADE




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PHASES OF THE CONSTRUCTION


To satisfy the requisite of the Club to play all home matches uninterruptedly in San Mamés, Idom proposed a system of phased construction that allowed play to be transferred from the old to the new stadium within three months.



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PHASE 1

06/2011 – 06/2013
Without interrupting play in the old stadium, 2/3 of the new stadium was constructed 

PHASE 2

06/2013 – 09/2013
Complete demolition of the old stadium. The pitch was completed as well as all the finishing touches to Phase 1 

PHASE 3

09/2013 – 08/2014
While the new stadium was up and running for 36,000 spectators, construction was completed until all 53,229 seats were filled

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