The European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals are to be held in Bilbao for the first time on May 11-12 – so here we tell you a little about the San Mamés Stadium, where both finals are to be staged, and how to reach it.
Inaugurated in 2013, the magnificent San Mamés Stadium replaced the ‘old’ San Mamés, which was demolished earlier that year.
It has a capacity of over 53,000 and hosts all of Athletic Club’s home football matches. It has also been selected to host games in football’s UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, including three group fixtures and a round-of-16 tie.
Last year Athletic Club opened a museum at the stadium.
How to get to the stadium
San Mamés Stadium is located in central Bilbao and lies about 2km west of Bilbao’s old city centre. It is close to the main shopping areas, though, and is a 15-minute walk from Bilbao’s famous Guggenheim Museum.
You can walk to the stadium from the new city centre in under 30 minutes by following the shopping street Gran Via west.
The stadium can also be reached by metro. Both Bilbao’s two metro lines pass the stadium. Take the metro at Casco Viejo in the old centre or at Abando and get off at station San Mames.
Click here to book tickets for the metro: https://www.metrobilbao.eus/en
If you are coming from the Guggenheim, the stadium can be reached by tram (Euskotren). It passes the old city centre and some train stations.
Click here to book tickets for the Euskotren: http://www.euskotren.eus/es/tranviabilbao
If you are arriving by car, the stadium can be reached via the A-8 motorway. Take exit 117 towards Bilbao and drive up north over the Avenida Sabino Arana. After 600 metres the stadium is on your left.
Bilbao airport is located 9km north of the city centre and buses are available from the arrivals level every 30 minutes between 0615 and 2315 (€1.45 per single ticket).
Rail and bus connections are available from Madrid and ferry crossings are available from the United Kingdom to Bilbao and Santander, and from Cork to Santander.