• February 26, 2024

Champions League final moved to Porto and 12,000 Chelsea and Manchester City fans can attend

Porto’s floor has a capacity of 50,033 seats

The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29 will take place in Portugal. 6,000 fans from each club can take part.

The game has been relocated from Turkey to the Portuguese city of Porto due to coronavirus restrictions.

Portugal is on England’s green list so players and fans can compete without quarantining themselves on their return. Turkey is on the red list.

The final should take place in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

“Denying the fans the opportunity to see the game in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been reached,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

Uefa, UK government officials and the Football Association met to discuss Wembley hosting the game, but no agreement could be reached on quarantine exemptions for sponsors, VIPs and broadcasters.

“The fans have suffered for more than 12 months without being able to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football,” added Ceferin.

“After the year that the fans have passed, it is not right that they do not have the chance to see their teams in the biggest game of the season.”

Both Chelsea and Manchester City say they are discussing ticketing and travel arrangements with Uefa and other stakeholders.

City says they will be offering fans a day trip package from Manchester to Porto for the 8:00 p.m. BST game.

Ticket sales to the general public will begin on May 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. CET.

It is the second year in a row that the final will be held in Portugal. Lisbon is the venue for the belated finals of last season’s competition, which FC Bayern Munich won.

The final capacity limit at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto has yet to be determined.

Ceferin acknowledged that the UK government’s decision to put Turkey on the travel red list was made in good faith, but said the governing body was “facing a major challenge”.

“The difficulty of postponing the final is great and the association and the authorities have made every effort to host the game in England. I would like to thank them for their work in making it happen,” he added.

“The Turkish Football Association and the authorities have always been reliable partners of Uefa and I hope to be in Istanbul and Turkey for a Champions League final and many other events in the near future.

“I hope that the final will be a symbol of hope for the resurgence of Europe from a difficult time and that the fans traveling to the game can vote again to present this final as the best in club football.” . “

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