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Europa League final, Monaco Grand Prix confirm fan attendance

UEFA has this week confirmed that up to 9,500 fans will be able to attend the Europa League final at the Energa Stadium in Gdansk, Poland on May 26.

The Polish authorities have given the nod for the governing body for European football to have a capacity of 25 per cent of the 43,615-seat stadium or up to 9,500 spectators.

Some 6,000 tickets, representing 63 per cent of the stadium’s capacity for the final, are available for fans and the general public to purchase.

The two teams who reach the final will receive 2,000 tickets each, while 2,000 tickets are being offered for sale to the general public. The remaining tickets are allocated to the local organising committee, UEFA and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters.

UEFA has said applicants for tickets will have to take part in a ballot process where they can purchase two tickets per person. The tickets will be personalised, and each applicant is required to provide their personal details and guest details on the ticket portal. They will be informed via email by May 14 at the latest as to whether their application has been successful or not.

Fans will be required to show proof of a negative coronavirus test or proof of vaccination.

UEFA said in a statement: “Supporters from abroad will have to comply with border entry restrictions and requirements that will be in force at the time of the final as no exemptions will be granted to ticket holders.

“Access to the stadium will be granted in line with the applicable local legislation, which is to be confirmed by the local authorities during this week and may include the need for proof of a vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test result.

“UEFA will reimburse the full price of the ticket to successful buyers, should a reduction to the stadium capacity be announced by the local authorities at a later stage.”

Ticket prices are split across four categories from €40 to €130.

The Europa League’s semi-final second leg matches are set to take place this week as Manchester United takes on Serie A’s A.S. Roma and Arsenal faces LaLiga’s Villarreal.

UEFA has also announced this week that the Champions League final will take place in Istanbul, Turkey with a “limited number of spectators.” While the governing body did not confirm numbers in its announcement, Sky Sports News has reported that UEFA hopes to secure at least 4,000 tickets for supporters of each of the finalists.

Manchester City will face either Premier League rivals Chelsea or Spanish LaLiga football club Real Madrid on May 29 at the 76,092-capacity Atatürk Olympic Stadium.

Elsewhere, Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix has been given the green light to allow grandstands to be 40-per-cent full, with up to 7,500 ticket holders a day.

The event, scheduled to take place between May 20-23 after missing a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will not be restricted to locals.

However, any fans planning on attending from outside Monaco will be required to present a negative test for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours in advance.

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