Istanbul warms up for final with UEFA Champions Festival

May 24 – UEFA has launched detail of its Champions Festival that will run alongside the Champions League Final between Manchester City and Internazionale at Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on Saturday June 10.

The festival will take place June 8 to 11 at Yenikapı Festival Park and will feature football-related entertainment, live music, and giveaways as all UEFA’s sponsors have committed to activations over the four days. Festival admission is free and open to all.

Two giant stages will provide an live music from Turkish and international music artists including Friday night’s headliner, award-winning DJ, Lost Frequencies.

Friday will also feature the Ultimate Champions Match on the UEFA Champions Pitch between UEFA Champions League and Turkish legends. The pitch will also host UEFA social and environmental sustainability programmes, women’s matches, youth tournaments, sponsor activations as well as free play sessions for the public.

Fans will be able to buy exclusive merchandise at the UEFA Champions Festival Official Shop and visit the UEFA Champions League team captain’s jerseys exhibit of the 32 teams that participated in this year’s competition.

Additional activities will include a five-aside mini pitch, skills challenges, selfie points, inflatable football activities, football freestylers, giveaways, a children’s zone, local dancers performing traditional Turkish dances, stilt walkers, and a wide range of food stalls.

The Champions Festival will conclude on Sunday 11 June with an earthquake benefit concert on the main stage with special guests.

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