Europa League final: A guide to the Baku Olympic Stadium
It seems a long time ago now that the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, was confirmed to be hosting the 2019 Europa League final. Beating off competition from the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium (home to Spanish club, Sevilla) and Vodafone Park, Istanbul (where Turkish side Beşiktaş JK play their games), it is the first time that the country has hosted a European club competition final. The Azerbaijani associations also bid to host the Champions League final, but lost out to Spain, with that prestigious match being played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.
This year’s final will be contested between two English clubs in Chelsea and Arsenal and if you fancy a flutter, in Europa League odds, Chelsea are the favorites at 4/6.
With a capacity of 68,700, the Baku Olympic Stadium is the largest in Azerbaijan. June 2011 saw the foundations of the stadium laid, which coincided with the 100th anniversary of Azerbaijani football. However, it wasn’t until November 2012 that construction begun and works were complete in February 2015, with the official opening the following month.
The stadium was built to host events in the 2015 European Games and was the arena that held the athletics as well as the medal ceremonies.
More recently, the stadium hosted all of Qarabağ’s Champions League group games during the 2017-18 season, which saw crowds in excess of 67,000. Qarabağ lost their first two group games, against Roma and Chelsea, but a smaller crowd of nearly 48,000 turned out to see them gain a point against Atlético Madrid. The club usually play their fixtures at the Azersun Arena, which only had a capacity of 5,800.
Baku is also one of the 12 host cities for Euro 2020 and it has been announced that the Olympic Stadium will host three group games and one quarter-final.
Stadium layout and features
Like a typical Olympic venue, the stadium loops around a running track, with the football pitch in the middle – offering a near-perfect view wherever you choose to sit. Seating is on three tiers, with a fourth tier on both lengths of the pitch; however, the venue itself is on six levels.
The exterior is pretty spectacular and the roof and façade are covered with 600 ETFE cushions. This transforms into a giant screen at night, courtesy of thousands of LEDs, so spectators are likely to see it lit-up in all its glory.
Befitting of a world-class venue, there are plenty of top-range facilities, including restaurants, a health & fitness club, as well as a shopping center. Large HD screens at either end of the ground ensure spectators don’t miss any of the action.
Location and transport links
The Olympic Stadium is situated in the north-east of the city and is accessible by all modes of transport. The city’s airport, the Heydar Aliyev International is approximately 15 miles from the venue.
The easiest and quickest way to reach the stadium is by metro and nearest station, Koroglu is on two lines (red and green) and a 10 to 15-minute walk away. Alternatively, several bus lines serve the nearest stop (Milli Stadion), but would be more time consuming, particularly with traffic on match day. Similarly, taxis are readily available, particularly from the city center and should take 10 minutes, but longer during peak times.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/europa-league-final-a-guide-to-the-baku-olympic-stadium/https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Baku.png?fit=945%2C531&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Baku.png?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Recent PostsSoccerBaku Olympic StadiumIt seems a long time ago now that the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, was confirmed to be hosting the 2019 Europa League final. Beating off competition from the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium (home to Spanish club, Sevilla) and Vodafone Park, Istanbul (where Turkish side Beşiktaş JK play their games), it...Guest Post firstname.lastname@example.orgContributorMyFantasySportsTalk