OVER 150,000 Brits are expected to pack Madrid for the Champions League final tomorrow.
It’s sure to be a day to remember for all involved, winners and losers, Britons and Spaniards.
Tottenham take on Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1 at 9pm.
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Here is the Olive Press guide regarding all the thrills, spills and bellyaches once you are in the capital for the big day:
For both British travellers and expats, you’ll need at least a copy of your ID to hand at all times in the capital.
In Spain, police may request to see your ID at any time and if you fail to do so, they have the right to keep you in custody until your identity is confirmed.
For Brits coming from the UK, remember to carry your EHIC card with you at all times just in case.
Expats who are registered in Spain should carry a copy of their NIE and their tarjeta sanitaria (public health card) or their private health insurance documentation.
Passports are expensive and NIE cards are painful to replace, so it’s worth carrying a few photocopies of each around with you and leaving the originals in your hotel safe.
If you do happen to lose your passport you’ll need to apply for an Emergency Travel Document online.
It is illegal on the streets and you can be arrested or fined.
Letting if flares is also banned and the cops can confiscate these items.
Noise complaints are also a serious offence and you could be slapped with a €70 fine for disturbing the peace.
Watching the match
If you are lucky enough to have a ticket, the venue for the final is Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Avenida de Luis Aragones, 4 28022 Madrid.
Tottenham fans will need to enter at gate 17, located in the North end of the stadium.
Liverpool supporters have to got to gate 3, located in the South end of the stadium.
Doors to the ground open three hours before kick off and entry is expected to be slow, with extensive searches in place.
Drunk fans and those sporting racist symbols or slogans will be denied entry to the ground.
Banned items include flares, fireworks, alcohol, cans, glass, bottle tops or containers over 1/2 litres and banners with political slogans.
For those in the city who still want a slice of the action, there are two dedicated fan zones for Liverpool and Tottenham supporters.
Both these areas have food, drink, music and other activities, but close at 6pm, when ticket holders are expected to travel to the ground.
Liverpool’s zone is in the Felipe II square (AKA Salvador Dali square), with the nearest Metro stop being Goya.
From there a direct train on Line 2 gets you to Las Rosas, which is only a short walk from the stadium.
Tottenham’s area is in Colon Square with the nearest Metro stop being Alonso Martinez Station.
A direct train on Line 5 from this stop will take you to Canillejas which is also a short walk to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
In Madrid you can phone an ambulance by calling 112.
Remember to stay hydrated – Madrid is set to reach temperatures of around 33° C tomorrow.
Thefts can be reported at any local police station – you’ll be required to have your ID to hand, as well as your travel insurance policy and your IMEI number (in the case of a phone theft).