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Volume 6 No. 212

Events and Attractions

A "full house is guaranteed at the Santiago Bernabéu" for Friday's Copa del Rey final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, "even though the ticket prices agreed by the two clubs and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) are the highest ever," according to Miguel Angel Lara of MARCA. Never before had the most expensive tickets for the Spanish Cup final cost as much as €275 ($354.7). It is true that the cheapest tickets are €10 ($12.9) cheaper than other years, "but there are three different ticket categories that cost more than last season's most expensive" ticket, which was €200: €220 ($283.7) in the upper and lower stands, €245 ($316) in the first amphitheatre and €275 closer to the pitch (MARCA, 5/14).

SECURITY TO COST $193,455: The EFE reported Spain's Federal Police Union (UFP) has estimated the event's security cost to be €150,000 ($193,455.) UFP spokesperson Serafín Giraldo said that "counting 10 hours for each of the 945 mobilized police officers and adding the gas for the 164 police cars and the movement of reinforcement agents from Málaga, Galicia, Barcelona and Sevilla, the cost will rise to €150,000." Giraldo said the 945 police officers "will be separated from public security, which is not patrolling the streets but obviously has a cost. The private business that wants to pay for public security has to pay" (EFE, 5/16).

TEAMS PLAN CELEBRATIONS: MARCA reported if Real Madrid wins Friday, the club will celebrate with its players and staff on Friday night in Cibeles Plaza. If Atlético wins, the celebration "would take place Saturday at Plaza De Neptuno." Madrid spokesperson Enrique Núñez said that "The official celebration at Madrid Town Hall for Real would be scheduled for Saturday morning, while it will be held Saturday afternoon if Atlético wins" (MARCA, 5/16). 

A-League Sydney FC player Alessandro Del Piero will travel to Japan to play J.League's Sagan Tosu in "DHC presents Special Match" on July 24. It will be Del Piero's second visit to Japan in two years. He participated in J.League Special Match to support the earthquake disaster relief in '12 (Sydney FC). ... The Spanish Tennis Federation (FET) confirmed that, despite the opinion of the Federación Madrileña, "Madrid does want" to be the site of the qualifying for the duration of the world group of the Davis Cup between Spain and Ukraine. The FET said, "The Davis Cup is a competition of the International Federation and it is Spain that is charged with choosing the site, not the territorial federations" (AS, 5/16). ... After a four-year absence, Cuba will send a team to participate in the group III of America of the Tennis Davis Cup to be held on June 17-22 in La Paz, Bolivia (XINHUA, 5/15).