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SBD Global/September 17, 2013/Facilities
La Liga Athletic Bilbao Begins 'New Era' In Monday's New San Mames Stadium Debut
Published September 17, 2013
A NEW ERA: In Barcelona, Ramón Suso reported "many months were spent imagining what the first game at the new stadium would be like." After "giving the old San Mames the farewell it deserved, the entire Bilbao family had been anxiously waiting for the debut of the new San Mames." There is "no doubt that Monday will be flagged in Athletic Bilbao history and remembered forever, as nearly all the world is conscious that this day began a new era for the club." The "five-star condition of the field will put the eyes of European football on the new grounds, which will be able to host events at the highest level, like the finals of a continental competition -- Champions or Europa League -- or, as it was recently indicated, as one of the hosts of Euro 2020." Aside from "these considerations for the near future, Monday was a special day for the team's fans." One only needed to "focus on the team's first practice at the stadium on Friday to appreciate the excitement that this moment created" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 9/16). Bilbao defeated Celta Vigo, 3-2 (SBD GLOBAL).