The Champions League final is arguably the biggest game in world football, and this Saturday will see the first ever all-German encounter between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. A huge number of German fans, and neutrals from all over Europe, will descend on London towards the end of the week, with the spectacle at Wembley in huge demand.
For those lucky enough to get a ticket for the game, it will prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, the cost of flights, accommodation and getting around the English capital city will be considerable for all those in attendance.
Getting affordable accommodation close to the stadium will be all but impossible with hotel room prices skyrocketing according to a survey from cheaprooms.co.uk. For those travelling to London to watch the game live or just in the surrounding area, it promises to be an expensive outing.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both have groups of ardent fans, with the German powerhouses selling out the Allianz Arena and Signal Iduna Park on a regular basis.
Expect a sea of red and white scarves as Die Roten fans engulf the London streets, as they hope to make amends for defeat at the final hurdle last year. Similarly, Dortmund fans will be there en masse, praying that their side can repeat the heroics of the 1997 final and lift the trophy.
A Champions League survey on London hotels indicates that the price of accommodation for these football-mad fans has skyrocketed. Hotel owners will look to cash in on the surge of football fans that will travel to London for the game, and as such those that want to be there for the spectacle have very little choice – they will have to pay whatever is asked of them.
85% of hotels are already thought to be booked out, while the remainder will know that they can charge a premium and still sell their rooms.
However, for football fans the Champions League final is something of beauty and the most important game there is – especially if your team is playing in it. For the victors of Saturday’s encounter, an expensive weekend trip will be thoroughly worthwhile.