San Mamés Barria
|192 (Tribune of honor)|
|508 (VIP seats)|
|2,352 (Business seats)|
|162 (Press seats)|
|260+260 (Disabled seats)|
|Clubs||Athletic Club de Bilbao|
|Inauguration||16/09/2013 (Athletic Bilbao - Celta Vigo, 3-2)|
|Construction||05/2010 - 09/2014|
|Cost||€ 211 million|
|Record attendance||49,164 (Athletic Bilbao - Real Madrid, 18/03/2017)|
|Address||Rafael Moreno Pitxitxi Kalea s/n, 48013 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Espana|
Description: San Mamés Barria
Construction of Athletic Bilbao's new stadium just several meters from the old San Mames began in spring of 2010. The project was divided in two phases: three stands and the pitch came in first, while the last southern stand was to be built only after the old stadium is demolished due to lack of space and the need to have a stadium for available for Primera División throughout the process.
Initial renderings of the Cesar Azkarate vision came as soon as in 2006.. Back then the external design was still unclear, while interior was planned as three proportional tiers. Eventually that seating layout was dropped for two large tiers with a minor business ring between them. What came as a connection with the old stadium were steep stands strictly surrounding the pitch.
The external cladding was eventually chosen to consist of thousands of white baleens, each gnarled to create an interesting visual effect, but also to allow sunlight and ventilation inside. Also, what makes this stadium stand out from most modern venues, almost all of the concrete megastructure visible inside was coloured with black and red paint, completing Athletic's traditional colours with the white cladding.
The appealing aesthetics earned new San Mames several international titles in architectural competitions, while three years into its operation it became the first Spanish stadium to be LEED-certified.
Athletic played their first game on September 16, 2013, facing Celta Vigo in Primera División. 100 years after the original San Mames opened there were 36,000 people present, over ten times the attendance from 1913. The second phase (south stand) was delivered in September 2014, making the stadium one of the largest throughout Primera División.
It's a unique case of a stadium to be upgrades just three years into its operation. Soon after opening some supporters began complaining that rain water impacted front rows due to wind, even despite the roof covering more space than expected by international guidelines. 7,000 square meters of cable roof with transparent ETFE cladding was added, making it the most opaque stadium in Spain.
Safe standing: La Liga and Premier League have their first railings
Athletic Club and Tottenham made strides between March and April as the first teams in their respective leagues to install safe standing sections. While they differ in scale immensely, both of them are notable!
Bilbao: Extended San Mamés roof coming in autumn
Steel cables have been set on what used to be the field. By late July grass will be ready to welcome Athletic players, but the new roof won’t increase protection of supporters until autumn.
Bilbao: San Mamés roof expansion begins
It may be a brand new stadium, but will already see its first major expansion by August this year. Roof has to grow in order to better protect fans from rain and wind.
Singapore: San Mamés distinguished at WAF
The new home of Athletic Club in Bilbao was selected as the best piece of sports architecture in the passing year. The Basque stadium joins recognized venues from around the world.
Bilbao: Two options to close San Mames
Adding a retractable roof over San Mames may run along the schemes in Warsaw or in Amsterdam. Depending on solution used it might cost €20-30 million.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
Bilbao: Retractable roof over San Mamés?
Athletic Bilbao’s new stadium hasn’t ran a full season since completion, but already now may be modernized. Its roof may be extended or even converted to become fully closable.
Bilbao: Legendary arch mounted at training stadium
Athletic managed to install their old roof arch along their primary training field. This is where fans will now gather and the structure will have a second life.
Stadium of the Year Public Vote: 2. San Mamés
Highly-regarded no matter the geographic location of our voters, the new football icon of Bilbao reached the runner-up position in Stadium of the Year.
Stadium of the Year: Look at them shine!
It’s been only 14 years since the first dynamically illuminated stadium was opened. Since then impressive lighting has become commonplace, as seen with these Stadium of the Year nominees.
Stadium of the Year: How much did a stadium cost in 2014?
Our annual competition gives a chance to review stadium prices around the world. Chlle, Hungary and Turkey lead the way in cost-effective building, not for the first time.
Stadium of the Year 2014: Public vote begins
For one month everyone will have the chance to be part of the world’s largest stadium vote. This year it’s a tough choice with record list of 32 nominees from around the globe.
Stadium of the Year 2014: Time to nominate!
It’s that time of year again when we ask you which were the most important stadia opened last year. Let’s nominate them together, this time via facebook and twitter.
Euro 2020: UEFA’s safe choice of hosts
There’s hardly any surprise in the list of 13 host cities. Sure, Saint Petersburg is included despite Russia’s aggression. Sure, Stockholm is out and Baku has quarterfinals, but that wasn’t hard to predict.
Euro 2020: All 19 bids evaluated by UEFA
It seems Wembley may prepare the champagne for next Friday. Russia and Israel are in a disturbing political situation, while Macedonia, Bulgaria and Belarus are the underdogs unlikely to get a piece of Euro 2020.
Bilbao: Construction of San Mames Barria almost over
Only two weeks remain until we see the most modern stadium in Spain delivered. One year after most of the stands were ready, now the arena is almost complete.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
Euro 2020: Complete list of 19 bidding stadiums
Despite over 30 countries expressing interest initially, the final bidding list is short and will see only 6 bids rejected. Which will it be? Here are all stadiums submitted as candidates.
EU: European Commission scanning state aid in stadium construction and operation
The Commission is running a Europe-wide investigation into public aid regarding sports infrastructure. After clearing financial schemes in France, Belgium and Hungary, more countries are now seeing their projects examined.