Following a strange ending to the last edition played with one-legged series from quarterfinal onwards, 2020/21 UEFA Champions League returned to its conventional format and the road to the grand final between Manchester City and Chelsea has been similar to that of normal times. However, the absence of fans inside the stadiums was felt in every single game.
The upcoming duel will be arguably the most significant in the Citizens' history and one that has huge importance for the Blues as well. An all-English final will see one of these two Premier League giants claim the title, and their fans are thrilled to watch them looking for glory.
With such a crucial match for both teams looming around, supporters from each side have plenty of reasons to be looking forward to watching the game, and even more to do it in person. Will the final allow fans in the stadium? Let's check it out here.
Fan attendance for 2021 UEFA Champions League Final
It's been a long time since fans were able to go on to watch their clubs at the stadiums normally, without restrictions nor worries about a pandemic. They've had to wait for months, but a few weeks ago they were welcomed back in the final stretch of the English first division.
UEFA intends to get back to normalcy, and that's why it has worked hard to receive fans in the upcoming grand final. The Champions League Final will be played with 16,500 fans inside the Estadio Do Dragao in Porto, Portugal.
Manchester City and Chelsea were granted 6,000 tickets each, while Europe's soccer governing body recently sold 1,700 more seats to the general public which ran out shortly after being released. Therefore, the UCL final will take place in front of a 33% capacity of the venue, whose full capacity is 50,000.
However, this measure won't lack safety protocols at all, as each fan will have to show a negative Covid test. Moreover, supporters from the two teams will stay less than 24 hours in Portugal as they will travel the same Saturday, in a chartered flight, and will have to stay within their bubble before and after the game, when they'll return home.