Around 3,000 Villarreal supporters are expected to travel to Liverpool for the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. The Yellow Submarine, which has only known this stage of the competition for the second time in its history, feels a genuine excitement around the match.
Villarreal chairman Fernando Roig warned a day after defeating Bayern to qualify for the semi-finals: “We’ll be 3,000 at Anfield!” This is the maximum number of entries Liverpool has given to opposing supporters. A little more than a week after this announcement, the Yellow Submarine appears to be on course to fulfill its purpose. With a push from the club.
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Club covers half of the trip
Wishing to make the gala match as accessible as possible to his supporters, Villarreal decided to cover half of the travel expenses in England. Thus packed with round-trip plane tickets, the cost of bus travel to the stadium and entry to the match is only 300 Euros, especially with chartered flights from Valencia or Castellón, where the total is estimated at around 600 Euros. So the owner and president must pay around one million euros to allow all their supporters, social, customers or not, to fill the parking lot at Enfield.
Yellow Submarine put its tickets for the first leg up for sale on Thursday morning, and the site went down a few seconds later. The club initially planned six flights, then added a seventh before shutting down its site to analyze all requests. At 4:30 pm the club announced an eighth plane, which was also full. Villarreal has also done a great service to their fans: accepting requests without a passport number, a condition that is mandatory for entry into any stadium in Spain.
Administrative posts dedicated to supporters
The reason is simple: to enter England, identity cards are no longer sufficient as Brexit and many local supporters do not (yet) have passports. But as the entire city of 50,000 residents prepare for this Champions League semi-final, which will be the second in the club’s history against Arsenal since 2006, the city council has announced reinforcements in the passport-issuing service “to ensure he could. grogues You can obtain the necessary documents to accompany the club during your match”.
One of two administrative posts in the city of Villa-Real will be “to facilitate the processing of passports specifically for Villarreal CF supporters”. “For this task another additional and special post will be established at Castellón police station, the largest city in the region,” the statement said. A special device that will be operational till next Tuesday. “We will all be with Villarreal, supporting them and giving them the strength to continue building the dream: we are already Europa League champions, let’s go to the Champions League,” said City sports and health advisor Javier Serralvo.
Villarreal had already distinguished themselves when selling their tickets for the return match at home, offering tickets between 10 and 35 euros for those under 25 and 25 to 70 euros for others.