Alaves want San Mames for final

Alaves owner Josean Querejeta has confirmed his club will call for this year’s Copa del Rey showpiece to be played at Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames stadium.

The stadium lies 62 kilometres from Vitoria – home city of Alaves – and has a capacity of 53,289, around 1,000 less than Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon which is often the favoured location due to it’s size and centrality.

"We will ask [RFEF president Angel Maria] Villar for the game to be played at the San Mames stadium," Querejeta told Cadena Ser after his side famously reached their first ever domestic final.

"The stadium would be perfect for our fans.

"It is the closest stadium for our fans to travel to and a lot of our supporters could go. It's a modern stadium and it's a reference in the Basque country.

"The capacity of the Calderon stadium and San Mames is similar, but San Mames is more modern and it's closer for us.

"I believe Athletic fans would be thrilled to have a Basque team playing the final in San Mames, I don't think Athletic would pose any problems for the final to be played there."

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