Another first for Dublin

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Dublin is hosting its first European Club Football Final on Wednesday 18th May in the Dublin Arena. The match will also be the first all-Portugal Final on the continental stage with FC Porto taking on neighbours SC Braga. We extend a welcome to the thousands of Portuguese fans who will come to Dublin for the UEFA Europa League Final.

The UEFA Europa League final will be the largest football event ever held in Ireland with an expected global TV audience of 40 million viewers and approximately 35,000 visitors (including over 28,000 from overseas) into the Dublin area.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Gerry Breen says “I am looking forward to next week when Dublin will be on show to the world. We are proud to be the host city for the UEFA Europa League Final on 18th May and anticipate an entertaining game of football. I hope that Dubliners will give a traditional Céad Mile Fáilte to the football teams and fans from FC Porto and SC Braga.”

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Notes to the Editor:

  • 600 TV personnel onsite
  • 70 cameras in the stadium, including helicopter, first ever use of a spider camera in Ireland
  •  11 broadcasters with own production onsite (one more than in Hamburg in 2010)
  •  50 commentary positions
  •  1000 media with 120 photographers
  •  2000 Irish children involved in Europa League Grassroots tournament – final on 17th May at Irishtown Stadium
  •  Joint bid – FAI and Dublin City Council - applied for in November 2007, game awarded in Jan 2009
  • Competition included – Emirates (UK), Schalke (Germany), Bucharest (Romania)
  • Local Organising Committee established with many other stakeholders including DAA, Aviva Stadium, An Garda Siochana and Dublin Bus.
  • 1st city to be granted a European Final while stadium under construction
  • 52 different broadcasters are on site in Dublin from more than 20 countries including Japan, Russia, Sweden, German
  • Beaming to 19 different satellites
  • 3 stadium studio operations – TV3 (Ireland), Sat 1 (Germany), Channel 5 (UK)
  • Approx 28,000 expected from overseas, including teams’ supporters, International fans, UEFA and partners, other National Federations and visiting media.
  • Estimated 40 – 50 extra dedicated charter aircraft
  • Massive transport and logistics exercise with Dublin Bus, coaches and 70 Dedicated SEAT cars - branded “Dublin 2011”
  • 200 volunteers helping at Airport, stadium and in city
  • 11 Hotels accommodating UEFA, media, sponsors/partners etc (not including supporters)
  • The Europa League Trophy has been seen by tens of thousands of Dubliners and visitors to the city in Dublin Airport, GPO, The Ilac Centre and City Hall since April 19th.
  • Over 400 Event branding sites delivered to promote the Final
  • City has been granted a new all weather mini-pitch by UEFA in Cabbage Patch (Kevin St. to be opened on 17th May 2011)
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