The Road To Munich: Paying The Price to Follow Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League Final
FamousCFC.com is a fan blog for Chelsea fans and we are on our way to Munich. Here is how we are preparing for our trip of the season.
The Miracle of The Nou Camp
When Chelsea achieved what has been dubbed the “Miracle of the Nou Camp,” few fans had given much consideration to reaching the final as few garnered much realistic hope. However all that changed when Fernando Torres rounded Valdes at the Nou Camp and slotted home to send us into delirium. And suddenly all thoughts turned to Munich.
Suddenly rather than surviving the onslaught of Messi and company, we were focused on the logistics of getting tickets and sorting accommodation in Bavaria.
The Allianz Arena may hold over 60,000 people but the UEFA corporate gravy train means that Chelsea fans only received an allocation of 17,500 tickets. This equates to only around 66% of our season ticket holders and none of our members.
The club tried to balance the demand by weighting your chance of getting a ticket by how many loyalty points that you have. Whilst a noble idea, in practice loyalty points are a marketing gimmick from the club and are not really about how loyal you are as a fan. I know some people who have traveled thousands of miles to follow the Blues away from home but have not got a ticket as they did not go to the Champions League group games or Carling cup matches that award up to 8x as many points as a three day trip to Valencia or Bayer Leverkusen.
The scramble has been fierce and it is disappointing to see that touts have managed to get their hands on so many tickets (through a variety of underhanded tactics) and that some fans have been unable to resist the urge to profiteer.
Within minutes of the final whistle in the Nou Camp, flights from London to airports in the Munich area more than trebled in price and Champions League fever was in full swing.
This year, unlike Moscow, driving to the game is a viable option though it requires dedication with a round trip of around 1,800 miles. With the airlines looking to make a profit, the car or coach is the only option for most and I look forward to seeing a convoy of Chelsea fans on the roads between the French ports and Munich.
My family has chosen to drive and we will be stopping off at Frankfurt before the UEFA Champions League Final, to ensure we are in full voice come kick off.
Its going to be a long road trip. Let’s hope it’s worth it. C’mon you Blues!