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Yesterday seemed like a busy Monday in Seville, with tourists in the streets as usual in a city considered one of the main tourist destinations in Europe.
But unlike most days of the year, thousands of football fans in blue or black jerseys could be seen in cafes and restaurants.
Thousands of Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt fans confirmed their presence in southern Spain’s biggest city ahead of the Europa League final on Wednesday.
Local authorities expect some 100,000 fans to arrive in the city, most of whom will arrive without tickets to watch the final match. Only 10,000 tickets were allocated to each of the two teams that qualified for the final, which will be played at the Pizjuán stadium, which has a capacity of 42,000 spectators.
Rangers, who lost in the 2008 Europa League final against Zenit Saint Petersburg, are hoping to win their first European title in 50 years after winning the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972.
Eintracht Frankfurt is looking to end its 42-year titleless run in Europe after winning the Europa League when it was dubbed the European Cup in 1980.
Greg Cott said; “I’m hoping to get a ticket for 1,500 pounds ($1,850),” a Rangers fan told Reuters on Monday.
Cote arrived from Glasgow last Sunday after stopping in Newcastle and the Faroe Islands, before finally arriving in Seville.
“I was lucky because I booked my flight before my semi-final match. But people are really struggling to find a way to get here and go home afterwards,” he said.
Cote said she is currently staying in an apartment with three friends for £1,600 for four nights. A quick search for a room in Seville for Tuesday or Wednesday turned up prices ranging from €650 to €1,500 ($678 to $1,565) a night in a three-star hotel.
Seville City Council expects the hotels to be fully occupied, with revenues of around €60 million for the city.
More than 5,500 police officers will be deployed in the streets, while the fan zone in Plaza de España will only be able to hold 4,000 people.
To avoid confrontations, the fans of the two teams will be located in two separate areas with an interval of 5.5 kilometers between them.
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