Amsterdam announces public viewing of Europa League finals on Museumplein

Ajax makes it through to the Europa League finals, 11 May 2017
Ajax makes it through to the Europa League finals, 11 May 2017Photo: @DavyKlaassen / Twitter

Ajax fans unable to go watch the the Europa League finals match between Ajax and Manchester United in Stockholm on May 24th, can watch it from the comfort of their own city. Amsterdam is holding a public viewing of the match, broadcast on big screens, on the Museumplein, the city announced in a press release on Friday. 

Should Ajax win the finals, the team and technical staff will also be honored in a ceremony on the Museumplein the next day.

According to the municipality, the public viewing is a reward for good-natured Ajax supporters, who haven't caused any major problems around matches in recent years. The municipality also wants to make the match a "match of and for Amsterdam" in this way, and considers it a triumph of the restored trust between Ajax supporters and the city. 

A Facebook event for the public viewing was created earlier on Friday. By 3:00 p.m. a massive 3,100 people indicated that they will be attending, and another 5,800 showed interest. The Museumplein can easily accommodate 100 thousand supporters, according to the municipality. Further information about the program and house rules will be released closer to the time. 

To make sure the event runs smoothly, the municipality will implement extra security and enforcement measures. Steps will also be taken to prevent residents and businesses in the area experiencing undue problems.