The UEFA Champions League Final will be held on May 28 at Wembley Stadium in London and the excitement is building as it now seems apparent that Manchester United will emerge victorious over Germany’s Schalke and will go on to meet the winning Spanish team from the semifinals which will be decided this week.
The two teams emerging from the finals will be awarded 25,000 tickets each to distribute to fans through the respective clubs and thousands of football enthusiasts from Spain and the rest of the European Continent will descend on London en masse for the match. Hotel bookings in London are already up 70% in anticipation of the event and as soon as the semifinals are finished, there will be an even greater surge in bookings. Hoteliers report that most fans are planning to stay in London for the entire weekend of the match, bringing a significant boost to the local economy.
Man U fans will be on hand in full force and will be willing to pay the somewhat exorbitant ticket prices (some seats will cost up to ₤300 and black market prices are expected to be as high as 10 times the face value). If Man U takes the championship title, expect a party in the streets of London which will make the royal wedding look like a small, quiet non-event in comparison (okay, I’m exaggerating a bit - but it will be a huge celebration, mark my words...).
If you’re planning on attending the match and haven’t already secured reservations in one of the hotels near Wembley Arena, it may be a little late to do so. However, there are still many rooms available in hotels in the centre of the city and the outlying boroughs.