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Champions League Final: Everything Liverpool and Spurs fans going to Madrid need to know

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Champions League Final: Everything Liverpool and Spurs fans going to Madrid need to know
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16:55 CEST+02:00
The British Embassy in Madrid has shared some essential information for Liverpool and Spurs football fans making their way to the Spanish capital for the final of the Champions League on June 1st.

Match: Liverpool FC vs Tottenham Hotspur FC

Date: Saturday 1 June 2019

Venue: Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid

Kick off time: 9pm (local time), one hour ahead of the UK

 

Passports and visas

British nationals don’t need a visa to travel to Spain, but your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid for Spain, but you should still take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties.

You must provide ID (your passport) if requested by a police officer. The police have the right to hold you at a police station until your identity is confirmed.

Always take care of your passport, as getting a replacement is costly and time-consuming.

Remember to keep a photocopy or scanned copy of your passport somewhere safe. It is advisable to have a photo of your passport on your mobile phone and a photocopy of your passport in the event you don’t have your passport on you

if you lose your passport, you’ll need to apply for an Emergency Travel Document online.

Getting to the stadium

The game is being played at Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Avenida de Luis Aragonés, 4 28022 Madrid.

The recommended route for supporters to reach the Metropolitano Stadium is by public transport such as the Madrid metro.

There will be no public parking facilities available at or near the stadium for private cars, coaches, motorbikes, mopeds, bicycles or scooters.

The outer perimeter of the stadium opens at 4pm and entry to the stadium itself will be from 6pm.

Please arrive at the stadium early as entry will be slow due to the exhaustive security checks that will be carried out.

The next sectioned includes the recommended metro lines to get to the stadium for both sets of supporters from each of their fan zones .

Fan Zones

Both Fan Zones will have activities, food, drink and music during the day of the match. The Fan Zones will close at 6pm when supporters with tickets will be expected to start making their way to the stadium and those without tickets to local bars to watch the game live.

Liverpool’s Fan Zone will be in Felipe II square(also known as Salvador Dalí square) in Madrid on match day. The nearest Metro stop for Liverpool fans is Goya Station where you can take a direct train on Line 2 (red line) to Las Rosas. There is a short walk to the stadium from Las Rosas station.

Tottenham’s Fan Zone will be in Colon Square in Madrid on match day. The nearest Metro stop for Tottenham fans is Alonso Martinez Station where you can get a direct train on Line 5 (green line) to Canillejas. There is a short walk to the stadium from Las Rosas station.

There will also be a UEFA Champions League Festival in the centre of Madrid on the days running up to and on the day of the match. This Festival includes various football-related activities and concerts.

At the match

Tottenham fans with general tickets will access the Metropolitano Stadium through gate 17, located in the North end of the stadium (FONDO NORTE).

Liverpool fans with general tickets will access the Metropolitano Stadium through gate 3, located in the South end of the stadium (FONDO SUR).

Access to the stadium for the Champions League final will be slow.

There will be exhaustive ticket checks at various checkpoints before getting to the stadium, including body searches before and after getting through the turnstiles.

To avoid a last minute bottleneck you should get to the stadium early - doors will be open for supporters three hours before kick-off.

Anyone who is obviously drunk or bearing racist insignia will be denied access to the stadium. Banners bearing political slogans will not be permitted inside the stadium.

Flares, fireworks, alcohol, cans, glass, bottle tops or containers over 1/2 litre are not allowed in the stadium.

Soft drinks and food are available inside the stadium.

One set of supporters may be kept behind for around 20-30 minutes after the match to allow the other set of fans to disperse. This will be decided by the Spanish Police on match day.

Supporters without tickets

There will be NO live screening of the match in the Fan Zones or Festival areas.

Supporters without tickets will not be short of options to watch the game live though as Madrid is a city that loves bars and loves football and there will be plenty of places to watch the game live.

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Other Tips

As in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport such as the metro.

Only carry what you need and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.

Madrid’s weather in June can be very hot and sunny with temperatures often over 30ºC (86ºF). It is advisable to avoid being directly in the sun at midday and late afternoon unless you use sun cream and head protection.

In Madrid, drinking alcohol in the street and on the metro is illegal and you can be fined or arrested for doing so.

Letting off flares around the city (including Fan Zones) is illegal. The Spanish Police have the right to intervene and confiscate flares.

Spanish police can deny access to the match if any these laws are violated.

Please keep tickets to the match securely in your possession.

It has been known for thieves to target ticket holders to steal and then sell on the black market. If tickets are lost or stolen, they will not be re-printed and you will not gain access to the stadium.

Spanish Police in collaboration with the clubs will be launching a service called FIT (Fan Information Team) the day before the match on twitter (FIT@policia).

This will be an information channel in English providing fans with real time news about the event, general information, security messages, etc.

Please note that this will not be an emergency channel. See below for contact details for the emergency services please visit the UEFA page regularly for any updates, in particular practical information for fans travelling to Madrid.

Useful contacts:

British Consulate-General Madrid
Torre Espacio
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
28046, Madrid
Spain

Telephone +34 91 714 6300 (also for out of hours emergencies)
Email: spain.consulate@fco.gov.uk
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 1.30pm.

 
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