Roma, Feyenoord fans get 4,000 quota for Europa Conf final

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Roma and Feyenoord have each been allocated 4,000 tickets for their fans at the Europa Conference League final in Albania with three quarters of the tickets given free, UEFA said on Tuesday.

The clubs’ combined allocation is less than the 8,500 tickets — priced from 25 euros ($26) to 125 euros ($132) — UEFA put on sale on Tuesday through its website to fans worldwide.

The stadium capacity is just 20,000 in the National Arena in Tirana for the inaugural final of the third-tier European club competition on May 25.

UEFA picked Tirana as host in December 2020, one year after the new stadium officially opened.

UEFA previously promised some free tickets to cup finals this season “to reward the lifeblood of the game for their loyal support during the pandemic.”

The free tickets allocation for the Europa Conference League final is 6,000 with each club choosing how to distribute its quota.

The remaining 3,500 tickets go to local organizers, soccer officials, and UEFA's sponsors and broadcasters.

Roma’s two previous European finals let it play in its own Stadio Olimpico that now seats 70,000. Roma lost the 1984 European Cup final to Liverpool and was beaten by Inter Milan in the two-leg UEFA Cup final in 1991.

Feyenoord also hosted its last European final, winning the single-leg 2002 UEFA Cup final against Borussia Dortmund watched by more than 45,000 in Rotterdam.

The final is a higher profile match than was envisaged by many in 2018 when UEFA decided to create the Europa Conference League. Its aim was to give more opportunities for clubs in lower-ranked countries to stay involved in European competitions beyond December.

Clubs from Azerbaijan and Israel — Qarabağ and Maccabi Tel-Aviv — reached the knockout playoffs in February, and Norway's Bodø/Glimt was eliminated in the quarterfinals in April by Roma.

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