The Spanish city of Seville
is getting ready to host high octane Europe League final between Scotland’s
Rangers FC and German club Eintracht Frankfurt at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez
Pizjuán on Wednesday.
The final is expected to
draw an estimated 100,000 Rangers fans to Seville. This forced the city to deploy thousands
of additional police to beef up the security around the match.
The Ibrox fans have
travelled by any means necessary to reach Southern Spain and local authorities
say they are “prepared” for the mass influx of supporters.
The match will be attended
by around 20,000 Rangers fans, while others will flock to La Cartuja on the
outskirts of the Andalusian capital to take in the occasion on a big screen.
The head of the Sevillian
police said “more people will travel than have tickets” but insisted the force
would be able to manage the number of supporters arriving.
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Spain is currently hot as
the mercury to notch above 34C before kick-off, reaching as high as 39 by the
end of the week.
Seville police deployed
around 3,000 officers – including 1,700 ‘specialist national police’ – to
patrol the city over the coming days.
Outdoor bar terraces and
construction sites will be shut down on Wednesday evening ahead of kick-off in
the searing heat, while more than 100 portable toilets are to be placed a
An additional 200 litter
wardens are to be on-site to “wash down streets” and remove waste from
At a press conference,
officials said trains heading to the city from Madrid and Malaga were sold out.
So, they are working on managing additional transport services for the fans.
The transport facility is also to be put on to ferry fans to both the 42,700 capacity
stadium hosting the match and the 57,000-seater which will be home to the live
Meanwhile, the official
Rangers ‘fanzone’ at Parque del Alamillo is due to open at 11.00 am on
“On Wednesday we will close
terraces on bars and construction sites. We are not worried [about
confrontation] but it’s possible. The police are prepared to prevent any
trouble,” said Chief Superintendent, Andres M. Garrido Cancio.