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Europa League final 2018 – the beautiful French city of Lyon hosts one of the biggest club matches on the continent this May!

The final is being staged at the impressive Parc Olympique Lyonnais, also known as the Groupama Stadium, on Wednesday, May 16 at 8.45pm CET. A place in the Champions League next season is up for grabs for the winner.

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Lyon welcomes supporters of the two finalists vying for Europe’s second biggest club prize, the Europa League final in May 2018.

The tournament has been given a tremendous boost with the decision to award a coveted Champions League place to the winning side. Manchester United took advantage last year, beating Ajax in Stockholm to lift the trophy.

With more teams arriving from the Champions League group stages after Christmas there’s a stellar cast as the competition moves further into the knock-out stages. Those involved at the last 16 stage this season included European heavyweights Lazio, Athletic Bilbao, Atlético Madrid, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Marseille… and Lyon!

Lyon was announced as the final venue in December 2016.

Getting to the Groupama Stadium

The final is being staged at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais or Stade de Lyon, known in domestic competition as the Groupama Stadium for sponsorship reasons. The 59,000 capacity arena opened in January 2016 and Alexandre Lacazette, now of Arsenal, scored the first ever goal in a 4-1 victory over Troyes.

It was one of the main venues for the 2016 European championships, where it hosted six matches including the semi-final between Wales and Portugal. It is also scheduled to host both semi-finals and the final in the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

The arena is around seven miles east of Lyon city centre. However special matchday trams run from close to Part-Dieu, Lyon’s main train station, and are free for supporters.

At Part-Dieu station exit on to Rue de la Villette and turn right, following the signs for N Tram Parc OL. The tram stop is around a five-minute walk away at Part-Dieu Villette Sud. The journey takes around 20 minutes and drops you off on the vast esplanade outside the north end of the arena.

After the match trams are lined up for the journey back. There are several destinations so if you’re going back to the city centre, services for Part-Dieu are located on the left hand side.

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Lyon tourism

Lyon is one of the finest and most sophisticated cities in the country. It is a major centre of banking, industry and has grown to become regarded as the capital of cuisine in a nation renowned for its good food.

Founded by the Romans, the city really took off in the 15th Century. It was the textile industry that really proved to be the bedrock of the economy, and it would become the heart of European silk weaving.

Lyon’s old town is one of the most atmospheric and lively in France. The area is listed by UNESCO and is characterised by narrow streets overlooked by medieval and Renaissance buildings. From here, the town expanded north to Croix-Rousse, which was an area renowned for its small silk workshops.

It is further east in Part-Dieu across the Rhone, where the bustling shopping district lies. The eponymous mall lies right next to the main bus and tram interchanges, while there is also a Metro stop and access to the city’s main train station.

See Lyon in Ligue 1

Lyon have been one of the powerhouses of French football in the 21st Century. During the early years of the new millennium Lyon went on an extraordinary run of success, lifting the Ligue 1 title seven times in a row.

The financial muscle of PSG now lead the way domestically but Lyon remain in the slipstream of the Parisian side alongside Marseille and Monaco.

They have also fought hard on the international stage and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2010, beating French rivals Bordeaux in the last eight. In 2017 they made it to the semi-finals of the Europa League, going out 5-4 to Ajax.

The club is very much part of the city and attract big crowds to their new stadium, with tickets for the Ligue 1 clashes against PSG, Marseille and local rivals Saint-Étienne in particularly high demand.

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