The Fan Guide: UEFA Europa League Final

The Fan Guide: UEFA Europa League Final

Heading to the UEFA Europa League final? We've put together a helpful guide to help you enjoy one of the biggest events in Europe at the Dublin Arena tomorrow night. 

It promises to be an occasion to remember as Dublin welcomes supporters from across Europe for a real festival of football as we welcome Italian giants Atalanta and German Champions Bayer Leverkusen to Dublin. 

With the final tomorrow, there is so much going on around the city and so many important details to note ahead of travelling to the stadium tomorrow so we've put together a fan guide aimed at any local supporters going to sample one of the biggest nights in European football tomorrow.

Match Details

Competition: UEFA Europa League Final
Fixture: Atalanta v Bayer Leverkusen
Date: Wednesday, May 22
Kick-off: 8pm
Location: Dublin Arena

Fan Festival

Location: Dublin Castle

Located in the heart of the city and within walking distance of Dublin Arena, Dublin Castle is hosting the UEFA Europa League final Fan Festival which is the perfect event to get you in the mood for the big match.  

Opening Hours
Tuesday, May 21: 11:00 – 22:00
Wednesday, May 22: 10:00 – 17:00

It is a FREE event which is open to supporters of both teams, match-going supporters and the general public. Get your photo with the official UEFA Europa League trophy, try out the inflatable football activities, try out your skills on the EA SPORTS FC24 booth and much more. Head down to Dublin Castle today to sample what is going on ahead of the final.

Click here to head to the UEFA guide to the Fan Festival

Download your ticket NOW

All tickets are mobile tickets and delivered on the UEFA Mobile Tickets app so make sure you have the app on your phone in order to download your ticket. 

If you have multiple tickets, remember to transfer them as soon as possible. The UEFA ticketing team will send you all the details by email but for more information, please visit the ticketing FAQs.

Match-day Travel

If you are a regular visitor to the Dublin Arena for Republic of Ireland matches, there are a couple of key changes to the match-day travel arrangements that are important to note ahead of tomorrow's final. 

Lansdowne Road DART Station will be CLOSED from 4pm onwards

Supporters travelling by rail are advised that the Lansdowne Road DART Station will be closed from 4pm on Wednesday, May 22. Depending on the entrance displayed on your ticket, it is recommended to use the following DART stations: 

- Red, Blue or Orange entrances: Grand Canal Dock
- Green or Purple entrances: Sandymount

FREE public transport travel on match-day in Dublin

Simply show your UEFA Europa League final ticket on your app when entering the bus or train station and you will be able to avail of free public transport to get you to the game. 

Walk to the stadium 

It is highly recommended to walk to the stadium from Dublin City Centre and the Fan Festival location at Dublin Castle with a number of road closures in the proximity of the Dublin Arena.

A traffic cordon will be established from 3pm at the following locations with all closures controlled by An Garda Síochána:

• Lansdowne Road – both sides from Northumberland Road to Herbert Road 
• Shelbourne Road – both sides from Ballsbridge to Bath Avenue
• Bath Avenue – both sides from Londonbridge Road to Shelbourne Road
• Newbridge Avenue l Herbert Road l Lansdowne Lane from Northumberland Road to Shelbourne Road
• Lansdowne Park

Match-day Schedule

Some of the key timings for you to note down ahead of the UEFA Europa League final are below. 

10am: Fan Festival at Dublin Castle opens
5pm: Stadium gates open
7.45pm: Pre-match ceremony
8pm: Kick-off

Stadium rules

When planning for the match, keep in mind that the stadium may operate slightly differently for the UEFA Europa League final so please note the below rules.

- Bags larger than A4 size won’t be allowed into the stadium.
- You can bring a small power bank, no larger than your phone.
- Make sure you have a valid form of ID on you.
- Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products, is not allowed.
- Taking alcohol to your seat won’t be allowed as per Dublin Arena rules. Sales of alcohol will take place from concessions but must be consumed on the stadium concourse.

The Final - Atalanta v Bayer Leverkusen

Snapshot: Atalanta 

UEFA coefficient ranking: 21
How they qualified: 5th in Italian Serie A
Group stage: Group D winners
Round of 16: 3-2 (agg) vs Sporting CP
Quarter-finals: 3-1 (agg) vs Liverpool
Semi-finals: 4-1 (agg) vs Marseille
Last season: N/A
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Quarter-finals (1990/91, 2021/22)

Snapshot: Bayer Leverkusen

UEFA coefficient ranking: 14
How they qualified: 6th in German Bundesliga
Group stage: Group H winners
Round of 16: 5-4 (agg) vs Qarabağ
Quarter-finals: 3-1 (agg) vs West Ham
Semi-finals: 4-2 (agg) vs Roma
Last season: Semi-finals (L0-1 vs Roma)
Best UEFA Cup/Europa League performance: Winners (1987/88)

Want more information on the two finalists? Head to the UEFA Europa League final website here...

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Follow the coloured walking routes to the stadium

An additional security perimeter will be in place around the stadium, so it’s important you arrive on the correct side of Dublin Arena. You can only enter through the entrance indicated on your ticket. Check out the map on the Event Guide and make sure you follow the walking route for your entrance colour. The route may differ from other matches at Dublin Arena and you may need to walk extra if you arrive on the wrong side.

Arrive early – additional security checks are in place

Entering the stadium may take significantly longer than you’re used to, as additional security checks will be in place when you approach the venue:

1. A first ticket check to ensure you have a valid ticket and you’re on the correct colour route.
2. Ticket activation, body checks and bag checks
3. Scanning of tickets at the turnstiles
 
Make sure you come early, ideally from 17:00, to make sure you don’t miss a kick!

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