I have received the above email and I said I should book the hotel first and then worry about whether I will win the ticket for the final.
Last year I did not win the lottery for the Munich final but after that I checked whether I could have booked Radisson or Marriott and of course all of them were sold out for the respective date. So lesson learned just book the hotel (it is good there is no penalty for cancelling).
It seemed strange it was Amsterdam as I knew the final was supposed to be in London and I even had an ‘argument’ with a friend who said only 3 years ago the final was there so it was not possible so soon.
However, I thought I was wrong so I decided to book the hotel, and found a downtown Radisson 50,000 points/day. I was about to book it when I realized it is the Europa League final and not the UEFA Champions League final that will be in … London*.
I have been to London so many times I am not so keen going there too soon. I considered the Champions League final as an opportunity to visit a city I haven’t been to before. I have ‘visited’ Amsterdam before (landed in the morning, left in the evening) and I would have liked to go there for more than some 9 hours, even if that time was the most activity intense I have ever spent in a city (the advantage of having the airport very close to the city by train) – Bicycles of Amsterdam 3, Bicycles of Amsterdam 2.
*”Never before has a stadium been awarded Europe’s premier club fixture twice in three years but hosting the 2013 UEFA Champions League final on 25 May is Wembley’s reward for the spectacular success of the 2011 event. It also marks the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association’s (FA) foundation.
The decision was taken by the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon on 16 June 2011 and means the fixture returns to Wembley for a record seventh time, the second since the stadium was rebuilt. “Given the exceptional nature of this historic moment in our beautiful game, and the fact that we will also celebrate 150 years of the Laws of the Game, we felt it was our duty at UEFA to help the FA celebrate in some special way,” UEFA President Michel Platini explained.”