San Mamés is where the better Basque team, Athletic Bilbao, plays their professional soccer games. It is located in the heart of the city about a 15 min. walk from the Guggenheim museum and more near the main shopping center than the actual downtown of the city. The stadium was newly renovated in 2013 and is right next to the old stadium. Up until recently, while the construction was in process, the stadium only had three sides. Now it is closed and can hold a capacity of 53,000 seats.
Athletic Bilbao is special not only because they are the better team in Bizkaia, but also because all of their players are from Basque descent. In that, either they have grown up in Pais Vasco since they were born, or their parents/grandparents are from Pais Vasco. More recently, they just won their last game this past Saturday against Real Madrid 1-0!