Football: Up to 9,500 spectators accepted in Europa League final in Gdańsk

The Europa League final, scheduled for May 26 in Gdańsk, northern Poland, will be watched by 9,500 fans from the stands, including 2,000 per each of the two finalists, the European Football Association UEFA announced.

After the Polish government recently accepted up to 25 percent of viewers at outdoor sports venues, UEFA was able to start selling tickets. A total of 4,000 entries will go to the teams-finalists. In addition, UEFA will offer other interested parties a pool of tickets until next Friday. The rest will be put at the disposal of, among others "local organising committee, federation, business partners and broadcasters''. Prices will vary from EUR 40 to EUR 130.

Foreign fans will have to abide by any coronavirus-related restrictions in force in Poland.

“Entering the stadium in Gdańsk may be associated with the need to show vaccination confirmation or a negative COVID-19 test result," UEFA reported.

Europa League is the second most important club tournament in Europe after the UEFA Champions’ League. In the first legs of the semi finals of this year’s edition, Manchester United won against AS Roma 6:2 at home, while Arsenal lost against Villarreal 1-2. The second legs are slated for May 6 in Rome and London respectively.

A year ago, the Europa League final was to be held in Gdańsk, but due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, the decisive games, in the form of a tournament, were moved to Germany to minimise the risk of the COVID-19 spread. The final in Cologne saw Sevilla defeating Inter Milan 3:2.