May 23, 2017

UEFA Europa League Final 2017

City Hall
Photo: Björn Olin/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se
Tomorrow, Wednesday May24th, is the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United here in Stockholm. In recent years they have had the final game on "neutral territory" so no team has home field advantage. This is a huge event and is bringing in a large crowd of supporters and fans. The Friends Arena has a capacity of 50,000 and it will be full. If you are not interested in football/soccer then consider this a warning and an explanation of why the city is filled with football supporters. Expect full restaurants and bars in the coming couple of days and traffic problems on Wednesday. If you are going to the game, try to get there in plenty of time. Doors open at 5:45pm and kick-off is at 8:45pm. This is especially important due to yesterday's senseless bombing at the concert in Manchester... security will be rigorous and will take extra time! It also good to note that Thursday, May 25th is a bank holiday in Sweden (Ascension Day)... so the bars and nightclubs on Wednesday will be busy!
Friends Arena
Photo: Friends Arena © All rights reserved 
It is a good idea to stay away from getting to the arena in a car/taxi. Traffic will be bad. Friends Arena is located in the suburb of Solna. You can easily get to the arena by subway or commuter train. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel, your best bet is to take the commuter train (pendeltåg) from nearby Stockholm Södra Station, just 4 blocks from the hotel. The trains are very regular/frequent and the trip to Solna Station is only 12 minutes! You take either train 36 in the direction of Upplands Väsby or train 38 in the direction of Uppsala. The arena is just a 10 minute walk from the station (just follow the stream of people!). More info.

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