With the UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals concluded, Istanbul has now set its sights on the first all-English Super Cup match scheduled for August 14 at Vodafone Park in Istanbul. The country’s tourism board is expecting a large number of spectators and English fans, to visit the city for the occasion.
In the finals, Champions League winners Liverpool will be facing Europa League holders Chelsea in the renowned Vodafone Park, which serves as the home ground of Istanbul giants Beşiktaş. The state-of-the-art stadium by the Bosporus was inaugurated in April 2016 with a capacity of nearly 42,000.
The match is expected to contribute a substantial amount to the city's economy, with airliners expecting more sales in flights from Britain while hoteliers expect a 100 percent occupancy rate in the already-crowded season. Football enthusiasts from various countries will also be in Istanbul for the match and to enjoy the atmosphere, with the number of visitors associated with the match expected to be over 50,000..
“Considering the number of football fans in India and the craze for Liverpool & Chelsea here, we are optimistic that a number of people from India will be travelling to Istanbul to watch the final match. We are expecting major arrivals to Turkey next month. The authorities are planning to allocate large squares as fan zones and create open-air match screening areas” says H. Deniz ERSÖZ, Culture & Tourism Counsellor, Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in India