Clubs who make it to the finals of UEFA’s competitions will have extra tickets allocated their way, which must be offered to supporters, not sponsors.
UEFA confirmed on Monday that it would release 30,000 free tickets for the finals of the Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League and the women’s Champions League.
Of those tickets, 6,000 have been allocated to each of the women’s Champions League final and the Europa Conference final, with 8,000 to the Europa League and 10,000 to the Champions League showpiece.
UEFA has insisted that clubs must allocate these tickets to “their most loyal supporters”, such as season ticket holders, but that they must not be given to officials, sponsors or partners.
The allocation of free final tickets will be split 50:50 between participating clubs, who will be able to use these tickets only to reward their most loyal supporters – they cannot be given to sponsors, partners or club officials.
— UEFA (@UEFA) February 14, 2022
Prices for category four and three tickets have also been frozen at €70 and €180 respectively for the next three men’s Champions League finals, from 2022 to 2024.
Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA president, said: “Football fans are the lifeblood of the game and we thought it would be a nice way to recognise the difficulties they have experienced over the last two years and how they nevertheless still managed to support their teams and live their passion even when away from the stadiums.
“Fans are playing an integral part in the development of football, and we must ensure that loyal travelling supporters can attend historical moments for their cherished teams at affordable prices.”
A UEFA statement detailed that the governing body would cover the costs related to what was described as a “unique one-off initiative”, and that the cap of the Champions League final ticket prices was in order to mitigate the impact of prices having undergone “significant hikes” over recent years.
“By deciding to cap these prices for these prestigious games for at least three seasons, UEFA wishes to send a strong signal to fans and ensure that access is affordable to all,” the statement concluded.
This season’s Champions League final will take place in St Petersburg. The 2023 final will be in Istanbul, which was due to host last season’s showdown between Chelsea and Manchester City, but that match was moved to Porto in order to allow fans to attend the game amid coronavirus travel restrictions. The 2024 final will be played in London at Wembley.
This year’s Europa League final will take place at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, with the Europa Conference League showpiece to be held in Tirana, the capital of Albania. This campaign’s women’s Champions League final is scheduled for May 22, in Turin.
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