Several hundred thousand guests coming from all directions – concepts to counter the chaos
Regardless of who reached the final, one thing was clear: A lot of people would be coming to the Bavarian capital. In addition to the 63,000 guests in the arena, up to 200,000 more fans were expected in Munich: In the week of the Final, the UEFA Champions Festival was taking place in the Olympiapark, as well as other organised events for open air big screen viewing. The Champions League Women’s Final was also taking place in the Olympiapark with 50,000 guests expected. However, it wasn’t just about the sheer numbers of people: The spectators’ journeys to the Champions League Final would follow their own principles. The Modal Split – which refers to the distribution of travellers across the various means of transport – is completely different to say a National League match. In this case, sophisticated concepts were needed. And: At the beginning of the planning process there were still 16 teams competing from all over Europe. Who would make it to the finals? Aeroplane, coach, car or train – depending on the home country of the finalists, the guests arriving would each have a different journey to the Final. This meant numerous concepts had to be developed for the differing scenarios. In the most extreme case, the airports in and around Munich would have to cope with an additional 40,000 passengers in up to 300 charter aircraft. From there, the guests would also have to make their way to the arena. For the visitors to the arena alone, parking would be required for up to 750 coaches. Due to the many side events, the local public transport would also have to get prepared for the influx of visitors.
As General Mobility Coordinator, Companeer developed the transportation concept in collaboration with the transport authorities, police department, fire prevention department, representatives from local public transport and the events office of the City of Munich. The concept was presented at regular meetings held with the UEFA and the local organization committee and continuously adapted to the changing conditions. The transportation concept served as a planning framework for all involved – for example, the airports, public transport operators and the transport authorities. The police department used it as a basis for their operations concept. Once the finalists were determined, Companeer presented the transportation concept to the responsible representatives of the clubs. The final revisions were then implemented.
- Needs analysis
- Development of transportation concept and continuous adjustment to the changing requirements
- Drafting of traffic matrices
- Land management
- Drafting planning documents
- Involvement and coordination of local authorities, operators and UEFA
- Presentation and discussion of concept with the possible finalists
- Implementing all measures