Plans have been in place for some time for Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium to host UEFA’s flagship event on May 29, and the governing body has confirmed this is still the case after Chelsea’s victory against their Spanish opposition.
UEFA hopes to offer around 4,000 tickets each for Chelsea and Manchester City to distribute to supporters, and football.london understand that there are hopes that up to a third of the stadium’s 76,000 seats will be available for a crowd.
While only 8,000 tickets will be made available to clubs, it is understood that UEFA will continue to offer 100% of the usual allowance made available to corporate hotel partners.
There were four initial operating scenarios for the finale. The first was a normal, pre-Covid situation in which no restrictions were needed – an outcome that has always been viewed as unlikely.
The second was a ‘new normal’ situation, with full capacity including rapid testing of everyone present, or 50% capacity including one-seat space between each spectator – an option UEFA has been working towards. .
The third option which is currently actively pursued is a capacity of 20-30% with a minimum distance between occupied seats and supporters maintained in a controlled environment.
The fourth option, which UEFA was keen to avoid, was a closed-door event similar to last season’s tournament which culminated in a round of 16.
Suggestions had been made that during a pandemic it would be wise to avoid a situation where thousands of fans, Sky Sports reporting that Aston Villa had contacted UEFA to suggest the use of Villa Park for the final – a stadium which would involve the movement of supporters. the time for the final would be considerably reduced.
But UEFA remains committed to hosting the event in Turkey, despite the country’s current lockdown which only went into effect for a week, the country suffering from the highest infection rate currently in Europe.
“The UEFA Champions League final will take place in Istanbul on May 29 with a limited number of spectators and we have been assured that the temporary lockout which is in effect until May 17 should not have any impact on the game,” he said. UEFA said in a statement.
“UEFA continues to work closely with the Turkish Football Association and local and national authorities to organize the match safely.
“Detailed information regarding capacity for the match, travel and ticketing details will be released publicly by the end of the week. “