Fans will come first at this season's UEFA Champions League final in Rome. European club football's showpiece occasion at the Stadio Olimpico in the Italian city on 27 May will see 50,000 of the 67,000 capacity tickets go to football fans, while free transport will be available for supporters holding match tickets for a three-day period.
In an address in Rome announcing that tickets for the game will go on sale to the general public via uefa.com on 2 March, UEFA vice-president Marios N Lefkaritis explained some of UEFA's goals for the final. "I am pleased to say that, with the 10,000 tickets that go on general sale, plus the allocation to the two finalists of 20,000 tickets each, a total of 50,000 tickets out of the 67,000 capacity of the Stadio Olimpico will go to football fans," he said. "This is well in line with [UEFA President Michel Platini's] wish that 75 per cent of the stadium's capacity is reserved directly for the fans and something we are proud of.
"Let me mention briefly that the close co-operation with the authorities of Rome has so far been outstanding, and especially with ATAC [Agenzia del trasporto autoferrotranviario del Comune di Roma], who will provide free transport to those fans holding tickets for the UEFA Champions League final for the duration of three days," he added.
"This is truly a great concept and we appreciate it very much, so thank you to the City of Rome for this great offer. I would also like to express UEFA's sincere gratitude to the City of Rome, to [the Italian National Olympic Committee] CONI and to the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio [FIGC or Italian FA] for their partnership with UEFA in the organisation of such a prestigious event as the final of the UEFA Champions League.
"Let me thank once again the entire local organising committee and all those people involved so far for all your efforts," Mr Lefkaritis continued. "You have put a lot of effort into this project, and while there is still a way to go, I am sure it will be an outstanding success."
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