Europa Conference League Final 2023: West Ham VS. Fiorentina. West Ham United will battle Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League Final. The Hammers aim to win their first major trophy in over four decades. The match will take place on June 8, Thursday at 12:30 AM IST in Prague, Czech Republic.
Despite granting West Ham a limited allocation of 4,890 tickets, reports indicate that up to 20,000 Hammers fans will converge on the Fortuna Arena. The stadium has a capacity of 19,370. It is expected to buzz with the dedication and passion of these loyal supporters. This underscores the enthusiasm and support surrounding this historic occasion.
Comments Of West Ham Officials
Hammers manager David Moyes expressed his joy at making it to the final, stating that it was a major achievement for the club. He emphasized that the team’s main goal is to seize the opportunity and win.
Since defeating 1860 Munich in the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup at Wembley in 1965, West Ham has pursued a major European trophy for decades. Their most recent domestic triumph was winning the FA Cup in 1980.
The Europa Conference League is in its second season and is a third-tier European club football competition. It’s below the prestigious Champions League and Europa League.
In the inaugural ECL final, Roma claimed victory by defeating Feyenoord in an enthralling encounter.
Why Was Such A Small Venue Chosen For The Europa Conference League Final?
However, as the tournament became more popular among clubs. From larger countries such as Leicester City, Roma, Marseille, and Feyenoord who reached the semi-finals, the demand grew.
In response to the increasing interest, Uefa has decided to raise the minimum final capacity to 30,000 for the upcoming season.
What Is At Stake In The ECL 2023 Final?
However, if they beat their Italian opponents in the ECL final, they will secure a third straight season in European competitions.
The winners of the Europa Conference League will earn a spot in the group stage of the 2023-24 Europa League. If West Ham wins, they’ll join Premier League clubs Liverpool and Brighton in competing next season.
This remarkable achievement will see a total of eight English clubs vying in European competitions next season. The impressive list includes Manchester City (Champions League group stage), Brighton (Europa League), Arsenal (Champions League), Newcastle United (Champions League), Manchester United (Champions League), Liverpool (Europa League), and Aston Villa (Europa Conference League play-off round).
Europa Conference League 2023 Broadcast Details
BBC Radio 5 Live will provide full commentary for Wednesday’s final. The BBC Sport website will offer live text updates, analysis, and post-match reactions.
BT Sport has made the Europa Conference League final available to viewers throughout the UK. They can watch it on TV, online platforms, or mobile devices.
You can watch the same in India at 12.30 AM, 8th June on Sony Pictures Network (SPN).