Champions League Final in Rome: hotels invite, fans are forewarned

Champions League Final in Rome: hotels invite, fans are forewarned
Stadio Olipmico in Rome - stadium of the Champions League Final 2009
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On Wednesday in Rome, at the main sports arena of the capital of Italy - Stadio Olipmico at 8.45 pm local time, the Champions League Final will start, in which English Manchester United will meet Spanish Barcelona. Hotels in Rome are already prepared to host thousands of British and Spanish fans. It is projected that at least 20 thousand fans for each team will arrive to the final game in Rome. In total 40 thousand tickets for the Champions League Final were allocated for the fans of Barcelona and Manchester United. However, it is more likely that the number of visitors will exceed 50 thousand people.

Additional interest to the match is added by the fact that Manchester United and Barcelona have earlier become the champions in their national championships.

Against the background buzz before the final game it is gratifying that the prices for the most hotel rooms in Rome remain reasonable. For example, a standard room in Farnesina 3 * hotel, located in fifteen-minute walk from the stadium, will cost fans about 85 euro per day. Hotel Colony 3 * situated at the same distance from the stadium offers its rooms for the price of 65 euros.

Thereat, Rome is not certainly threatened by the situation that prevailed prior to last year's Champions League Final, which took place in Moscow. At that time the current finalists Manchester United and another representative of Misty Albion - London's Chelsea competed for the title of the best club of the world. Over three days before the game in Moscow rooms in all the hotels were booked and some fans had to look for accommodation options in the market of rented apartments.

Regarding the fans, the most concern is caused by ones from Manchester. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UK has recommended those fans, who do not have tickets for the match, to refrain from the trip to Rome. At the same time, it is expected that in addition to 20 thousand of those lucky ones who have bought tickets for the Champions League Final in Rome, some 10 thousand fans of MU will arrive. Thereat, the British Foreign Ministry also made recommendations to the fans about the areas of Rome, where the appearance of British fans isn’t desirable. Thus, according to the BBC, among the areas of Rome, which guests from England should beware, are: Pyatsalle Flaminio, the bridge Ponte Duca D'Aosta, and Campo dei Fiori. Such precautions are caused by many years of opposition of English fans and Italian tifosi.

Date: 25/05/2009


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