The UEFA Champions League Final is the most watched annual sporting event in the world with over 200 countries tuning in for the spectacle amounting to over 300 million viewers every year. With such a colossal sporting event on its doorstep, the Spanish capital will be hosting the UEFA Champions Festival to welcome football fans from all over the world in conjunction with the final.

From 30 May to 2 June, Madrid will be abuzz with some of the city’s most recognised spots acting as epicentres for the football frenzy. The opening ceremony will take place in Puerta de Sol, the city’s most central square, where the main stage will be set up. Over the course of the four-day festival DJ’s, bands and local performers will take centre stage to entertain the travelling fans.

Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, just a short five minute walk from Puerta de Sol, will welcome the UEFA Champions Pitch where a number of different activities will take place. Fans should look out for the UEFA Ultimate Champions Tournament which will see Champions League legends take part in a five-a-side tournament. Many of the other activities taking place are centred on UEFA’s #EqualGame campaign and will include an amputee football match where fans have the opportunity to take blindfolded penalties and play on crutches as well as exhibition games involving the Homeless World Cup and European Powerchair Football Association.

Visiting fans have an array of activities at their leisure such as a visit to the UEFA Royal House of Football, meeting UEFA Champions League stars at ambassador autograph sessions, have their photo taken with the trophy or visit the UEFA Champions League Superstore in Plaza del Callao.

For visitors lucky enough to have a ticket to the big game, the extensive festival activities will take place just a 45 minute Metro ride from the Wanda Metropolitano stadium. The 68,000 seater stadium reopened in 2017 has become one of the most modern in Europe with 900 high-resolution screens and an innovative 100% LED lighting system that will make the game and historic trophy lift a spectacle to behold.


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