This is one of the top three Spanish stadiums, along with Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabeu.
The real Bilbao 'Cathedral'.
“Where are you going? – San Mames. – To the Church? – No, to the Cathedral”. This is an old saying in Bilbao. The ‘Cathedral’ is the only stadium to have been part of every first-division Spanish Liga event, which is why it oozes with history. It was inaugurated in 1913, with a match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Racing Irun. Built on top of the old San Mames asylum, it takes its name from a martyr who was attacked and devoured by lions, which is why they call the players ‘lions’. Along with Camp Nou of F.C. Barcelona and Santiago Bernabeu of Real Madrid, this stadium has the most Spanish football history and it is undoubtedly the stadium with the most myths. Pichichi was the first player to score a goal in this stadium and the trophy for highest number of goals scored in the league is named after him. Telmo Zarra scored 333 goals and Jose Angel Iribar played 614 matches with the club. Even if you’re not the greatest football fan, the atmosphere on a match day is an incredible experience, as long as you’re supporting the local team and its ‘cubs’. If you’re going to take a photo, get one with the archway in the background.
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