Estadio San Mamés
, AKA La Catedral
(The Cathedral), is a football
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stadium in Bilbao
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, Basque Country
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. The stadium is the home of Athletic Bilbao
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, known as "Los leones de San Mamés-Bilboko lehoiak" (The lions of San Mamés). They are known as Los leones
because their stadium was built near a church called San Mamés
(Saint Mammes). Mammes was an early Christian
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thrown to the lions by the Romans
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. The lions refused to eat Mammes and he was later made a saint
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The club's new stadium, San Mamés Barria, is currently under construction at a cost of 160 million euros, and will open in 2013.
Opened in 1913, it is Spain's oldest built stadium (the oldest playing field being El Molinón
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), a distinction that together with its religious heritage has granted it the nickname, la Catedral
(the Cathedral). San Mamés can seat almost forty thousand people and is renowned for the unique and boisterous atmosphere its crowds of devoted and loyal fans create on match-days.
The current stadium was almost entirely rebuilt to host matches in the 1982 FIFA World Cup
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In March 2006, a project was approved to replace the stadium with a new and larger version, thereby increasing the stadium capacity to 53,000. The New San Mamés Stadium
San Mames Barria is the name of the Athletic Bilbao's new football stadium, which is under construction. The stadium will replace the old San Mamés as the home of Athletic Bilbao....
will be built on the former site of the Bilbao International Trade Fair, adjacent to the current stadium. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2010, and when it is three quarters completed, Athletic Club will move into their new home and the original San Mamés will be demolished.
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's final concert on their Black Ice World Tour
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was held in the stadium.
Image:Mosaikoa San Mamesen.JPG|Main grandstand.
Image:San Mamés entrenamiento.PNG|East stand.
Image:Tribuna Norte Sanmames.PNG|North stand.
Image:Athleticzaleak San Mamesen inguruan.JPG|Outside the stadium.