Bucharest bustling ahead of Europa League final
The normally quiet Henri Coanda International Airport on the
outskirts of Bucharest was enjoying its busiest day ever on
Sixty-five planes full of football fans from Spain were arriving
for the all-Spanish Europa League final between Athletic Bilbao and
Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe was expected to touch down in
Bucharest just ahead of the night game.
Game organizers were expecting 30,000 fans from Spain to attend
the match in the 55,000-seat National Arena, where Atletico will go
after its second Europa League title in three years, and Bilbao its
Schools were closed in the city of 3 million, and Antena 3 TV
reported that hotel rooms were going for up to 20 times their usual
price, with some suites as high as ?4,000 ($5,200) a night.
Some 2,000 fans gathered in the Old Center tourist district of
Bucharest, sampling traditional spicy meatballs and beers, and set
off firecrackers. There were dozens of police officer in the area,
but no reports of injuries or people fined.
Extra Spanish-speaking police officers were drafted into
Bucharest for the day. The match will also be viewed on a giant
screen in downtown Bucharest, near the spot from where former
Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena fled the
city during the 1989 anti-communist uprising, before their