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Watch national and international soccer games at San Mames Stadium, a 53,000-seat arena that is the home of Athletic Bilbao. This team was founded in 1898 and is a big name in European soccer. The venue also has a museum devoted to the club’s history and is occasionally used for concerts.
The sporting complex is nicknamed the cathedral of football and opened in 2013. It replaced the original San Mames Stadium which stood nearby by for almost 100 years, and is an impressive sight. At night the panels of the outer membrane are illuminated. They can also display moving graphics. Purchase tickets online at the stadium's official website or at the arena a couple of hours before a match is due to start.
Treat yourself to VIP tickets and before and during matches savor buffet-style meals by Michelin-starred chefs. The VIP area also has numerous bars and comfortable lounges.
If you are interested in soccer history, learn about Athletic Bilbao’s past at the stadium’s museum. Watch audiovisual presentations, see soccer kits from previous decades, admire the gleaming sporting trophies and read about former players. All of the information is in Spanish, English and Euskara, the Basque language. After your museum visit go on the 45-minute tour of the stadium which includes the soccer pitch, changing rooms and the press room.
The museum is open every day except Mondays and charges admission. There are discounts for children aged between 6 and 14 and children under the age of 5 get in for free. Purchase tickets for the museum and the tour or just the museum.
The stadium is about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) outside the old town and a 20-minute walk west of the Guggenheim Museum. It is well served by public transportation and has its own metro stop called San Mames. There is no parking at the stadium for the general public, except a small number of places for VIP ticket holders.
Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ensanche and San Mames Stadium. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away. Euskalduna Tram Stop and Sabino Arana Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Abando, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dona Casilda Iturrizar Park, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and San Mames Stadium. Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall and Ensanche are also within 10 minutes. Abandoibarra Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Euskalduna Tram Stop is 3 minutes.
Located in Deusto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Deusto Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. San Mames Stadium is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away. Guggenheim Tram Stop is 8 minutes by foot and Abandoibarra Tram Stop is 8 minutes.
Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ensanche and San Mames Stadium. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away. Indautxu Station is only a 3-minute walk and Moyua Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Bilbao Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santiago Cathedral and Arriaga Theater. Ribera Market and Plaza Moyua are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arriga Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Ribera Tram Stop is 6 minutes.
Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ensanche and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. San Mames Stadium is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Abando Station and Abando Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Abando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ensanche, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and San Mames Stadium. Hospital de San Francisco Javier and Galeria Bay Salt are also within 5 minutes. Indautxu Station is only a 2-minute walk and Moyua Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Abando, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ensanche, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and San Mames Stadium. Plaza Moyua and Chavarri Palace are also within 5 minutes. Moyua Station is only a 2-minute walk and Indautxu Station is 6 minutes.