The final of the Champions League will take place against a remarkable backdrop again this year. As the European Football Union (UEFA) announced, the Portuguese authorities approved 16,500 spectators for the duel between the English clubs Manchester City and Chelsea FC scheduled in Porto. This means that the Estadio do Dragao would be a third full.
The two clubs will each receive a quota of 6,000 tickets, plus 1,700 tickets went on sale through UEFA on Tuesday afternoon. To actually live on May 29th (9pm DAZN) to be allowed into the arena for the final, however, proof of vaccination or a negative corona test is required. The general entry restrictions in Portugal also apply to foreign fans.
The final was moved from Istanbul to Porto at the beginning of May due to the tense corona situation in Turkey and the travel regulations there. This should guarantee that it will be held in front of spectators. “It was not an option to take the fans away from the game, so I’m happy with this compromise,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin at the time.
Istanbul should have hosted the premier class final last year, but due to the corona pandemic, UEFA decided to host a knockout tournament with the eight quarter-finalists in Lisbon. There Bayern Munich had to celebrate its final triumph against Paris St. Germain (1-0) in front of a ghost crowd.