Europa League final puts Bucharest on European soccer map

Newsroom 04/05/2012 | 13:56

Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid will clash in the Europa League final that will take place in Bucharest on May 9th at 21.45 at the National Arena.

In preparation for the game, UEFA has published on its official website a guide of Bucharest, which should provide supporters with a clue regarding the social, economic and cultural fabric of Bucharest. You can access the guide at this link.

Between 20,000 and 40,000 supporters of the two teams are expected in Bucharest for the game, according to Mircea Sandu, president of the Romanian Football Federation. All the 20,000 tickets destined to Romanians for the final have been sold, as shown by the Romanian Football Federation.

Estimations made by various Romanian media outlets indicated that Romanian economy will receive a boost with between EUR 10 million and EUR 30 million as a result of the foreign fans’ coming to Bucharest.

“We are on the finish line with preparations for the Europa League final, now we are focusing on details, we know what the UEFA expectations are, we know the expectations of the public and I can assure you that at least so far we have done everything that we could so that this event should take place flawlessly,” said Bucharest general mayor Sorin Oprescu.

The city hall also urged the Ministry of Education to declare May 9th a day-off for schools in Bucharest, for a better organization of the final.

On the day of the final, two special areas will be arranged for supporters after the model of international competitions, one of which will be in Constitutiei Square and the other in the George Enescu square.

The National Arena which will host the game was inaugurated last year following an investment of EUR 234 million, and has a capacity of 55,200 spectators.

On the occasion of the Europa League game in Bucharest, Metrorex company will honor former glories of Romanian and European soccer by renaming between May 6 and 10 several subway stations. Thus:

• Piata Victoriei becomes Nicolae Dobrin

• Stefan cel Mare becomes Ion Parcalab

• Obor becomes Gica Hagi

• Piata Iancului becomes Llorente

• Piata Muncii becomes Falcao

• Dristor becomes Rica Raducanu

Otilia Haraga


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