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May 6, 2012
Bucharest awaits Europa League finals with best conditions for media and fans

“National Arena” Bucharest (Photo/ Cosmin Coman)
by Emanuel Fantaneanu, Member, AIPS Executive Committee
BUCHAREST, May, 6, 2012 - All roads will lead Europe's football, Wednesday, to Bucharest, where the Europa League finals will take place between the Spanish teams Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid, scheduled, at 21.45 (local time) on one of the most modern stadiums in Europe – the “National Arena”.

"For a day, the Spanish Championship will move to Bucharest," said Mircea Sandu, Romanian Football Federation President and Member of the UEFA Executive Committee. Sorin Oprescu, Mayor of Bucharest, added: "It will be a match between two Latin teams, in a Latin city, in the middle of a Latin atmosphere with a Latin friendliness and hospitality…"

Interest is high for the event and especially from the press. Paul Zaharia, Press Officer of the Romanian Football Federation and former general secretary of the National Sports Press Associations and AIPS Member, said: "The number of accredited journalists - reporters, commentators, Radio and TV, photo, cameramen and technicians - is about 1,000. The Media Tribune has been extended specially for this event, from 354 place to about 850 positions (including positions of the commentators), with or without desktop".

FREE INTERNET It is understood that all accredited journalists will benefit from free internet, the best quality, both in the Media Tribune, as well as in working areas (media working area and the Press Conference room). Moreover, all photo colleagues who work on the playing field will receive a special Internet connection. At the same time, will be ensured a Catering Service in working areas and there is a Tribune Media. The collaboration between UEFA, T.E.A.M. Company and LOC was at the highest level and in the press zone.

But not only is the Stadium being prepared but also the whole city. City Hall of Bucharest and other authorities are taking special measures to make the whole event enjoy great attention. In Bucharest wait these days are over 40 000 tourists, of which approximately 20,000 are Spanish supporters, each team having been allocated 9,000 tickets.

In a Press Statement, the Mayor Sorin Oprescu said: "Sport creates passions, sometimes there are clashes between the teams, so to avoid this, for the fans of the every team we have created two Fan-Zones. There, will be outdoor performances, a gastronomic area and many other possibilities to spend pleasant hours before departure to the stadium ".

Furthermore, to support the supporters and all tourists there will be 50 volunteers who speak perfect Spanish and who will be able to provide any kind of information. Volunteers will be able to be easily identified because their T-shirts say: "Pregunta me" (“Help me!”).

Without a doubt, for football supporters, Wednesday is a special one. And for Bucharest is a special day, the final being the biggest football event organized in Bucharest.

In view of this, it has developed a transport service that can make it easier to access as all points of interest. More, in sign of joy for this event, the Metrorex (Company Metro services), decided to change in this period the name of 6 stations after ”, the name of some famous Romanian and Spanish players, so travelers will hear: "Next stop ... Nicolae Dobrin Station or… Ion Parcalab or… Gica Hagi or … Llorente or… Falcao or… Rica Raducanu”.

Sport is, in general, for the young people. As a result, on the day of the final, the Ministry of Education has decided that all schools in Bucharest to be free on this day.

In the same time, have been taken special security measures to prevent all incidents, by the help of the over 5000 specialists (police, fireman, doctors etc).

The match, which will be transmitted by ProTV, one of the most important television channels, would be watched, and also on the huge screens installed in downtown.

Bucharest is ready. May it remain that the two teams offer a show in concordance of their “business cards”…

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