Dafter the Juventus Stadium in Turin host the final of 2022 and what Eindhoven welcome the one of the 2023, the turn will be for Bilbao. San Mamés to host the 2024 UEFA Women’s Champions League final. Likewise, UEFA has confirmed it through its social networks on Friday afternoon, announcing, in addition, that the Athletic Club de Bilbao stadium will also host the final of the UEFA Europa League in 2025. The decision has been made to following the exclusion that took place in the European Championship this summer. At first, the Basque city had been chosen to be one of the 12 venues for the tournament, but, finally, the European entity backed down and chose Seville. In addition, for this same reason, UEFA will pay Bilbao 1.3 million euros that it spent organizing the 16th edition of the competition, which will allow Euskadi to recover the integrity of the investment made.
“After the withdrawal of the hosting rights for the Eurocup from Dublin and Bilbao, both cities will host future club competition finals”, reads the statement that UEFA has issued through its Twitter account, where, in addition, it has announced where the next UEFA Europa League finals will be played. Seville will host it in 2022, Budapest will host it in 2023, Dublin will host it in 2024 and Bilbao will host it in 2025.
The home of the rojiblanco team, with capacity for more than 50,000 spectators, was built on the site of the old San Mamés, replacing the 90-year-old stadium of the same name. In the, Athletic’s women’s team has played several games and has reached challenges such as attracting 48,121 fans for a cup tie in 2019 against Atlético.
Between the background, figure that San Mamés previously hosted two quarter-finals and a semi-final when the 2019-20 UEFA Women’s Champions League concluded with an eight-game final phase played behind closed doors.. The rest of the games, including the final, were played in San Sebastián, the second time it happened in Spain after the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in Getafe hosted the final of the first edition of the renamed UEFA Women’s Champions League.
In this way, if a Spanish team reaches the final of the highest continental competition for women’s clubs, it will be the host. Quite a challenge for entities such as Fútbol Club Barcelona, which, in this next and immediate season (2021-22), will set itself the main objective of revalidating the title of current champion that it achieved in Gothenburg and that, precisely, it has fulfilled today July 16, two months. In it, the Catalans thrashed Chelsea thanks to goals signed by Aitana Bonmatí, Alexia Putellas, Caroline Graham and Melanie Leupolz, who scored at their own goal.