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Manchester City take on Inter Milan on Saturday night in the Champions League final with the Blues looking to complete a famous treble. Pep Guardiola's men won the Premier League title last month before beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final last weekend. Now all that stands in their way of eternal glory is Inter Milan.
City are also chasing their first-ever Champions League triumph, something that is hard to believe considering the number of trophies the club has won over the last ten years. They have reached this stage once before but came up short against Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea in the 2021 final in Portugal.
This time around, the final is being held at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul and City fans will be hoping that the long and pricey trip will all be worth it in the end. The last time the Champions League final was held in Istanbul, Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to defeat AC Milan in a penalty shootout. If this year's final is half as exciting as that one, then fans are in for a treat.
With at least 20,000 City fans making the trip to Turkey this weekend, here is all the necessary information for the fan zones in Istanbul.
Where are the fan zones in Istanbul?
On the day of the Champions League final, Manchester City supporters will be able to enjoy one of the two fanzines that UEFA are putting on. The Blues have been allocated the South Side Fanzone which is just a ten-minute walk from the south side of the Stadium, which is also where Manchester City fans will be sat throughout the match.
The fan zone is only going to be open on match day with doors opening at 2pm local time. The area will then close at 8pm when the match kicks off although it is expected that food and drink will stop being served around an hour before kick off to ensure that everyone makes their way to the stadium before the match starts.
The fan zone will then re-open immediately after the final whistle for Manchester City fans who want to purchase food and soft drinks afterwards. Fans will also be able to use the toilet facilities after the match and the area can be used as a waiting zone for those who are getting a coach back to the city centre after the game.
Where else can fans soak up the atmosphere in Istanbul?
In addition to the match day fan zone, Manchester City supporters will also be able to go to the UEFA Champions League Festival which is taking place in Istanbul from the 8th June – 11th June. The festival is open to all, with or without match day tickets, and can be dipped in and out of throughout the four days.
There is a full programme of UEFA activities each day with the famous Champions League trophy being on display throughout. There will also be a football pitch in the centre of the festival and a giant sthttps://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/event-guide/the-festival/age where live music will be played. On Friday night, award-winning DJ Lost Frequencies will play a set for everyone in attendance.
The festival is completely free and no pre-booking is required.