Bayer Leverkusen v Spurs - travel advice
17 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Information for supporters travelling to Germany for our Champions League MD3 match against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.
Tickets - please read
We previously played Bayer Leverkusen in Germany back in 2006. On that occasion, many of our fans purchased tickets in nearby Cologne. However, on arrival at the BayArena, these tickets were found to be counterfeit and fans were refused entry.
Please do not purchase tickets from unreliable sources.
You will not gain entry on the night as these tickets will not be exchanged. The allocation for Tottenham Hotspur fans has been sold and no other tickets are available.
Please do not travel to the BayArena without tickets
If you do not have a ticket for the game, please do not travel to the stadium or attempt to enter - ticketless fans will be removed from the area by the local Police.
For those fans travelling independently to the match, Cologne is the ideal place to spend the day. One of Germany’s most popular cities, famed for its beautiful cathedral, there are shops, restaurants and cafes to suit everyone.
Travel from Cologne-Bonn Airport to the city centre is easy and there are trains and buses which will take you straight to the city centre. Bus number 161 will take you direct to Porz Markt in the centre of Cologne. Trains will take you to Cologne central railway station, which again, is in the centre of the city.
As always, fans are asked to refrain from placing flags or banners on local statues or historic monuments or architecture, especially around the cathedral area, as this may offend the local community.
Please keep your personal belongings safe and, as always, be wary in crowded areas. If staying in the city overnight, leave all valuables in the hotel safe and only carry what you need.
You should also carry some form of photo ID with you at all times as Police Officers may ask to see it.
Getting to the BayArena
Unless travelling with the official Club group, you should note that there is a special train arranged just for Spurs fans that will leave Cologne central station at 6.16pm (local time), arriving at Leverkusen at approximately 6.30pm. It is a 15-minute walk from the station to the stadium and Police will be along the route to guide you.
If you do not wish to travel via the special train, please VIEW THIS TIMETABLE for trains to and from Leverkusen on the night.
We should point out that there is very little to do around the stadium with only a few cafes and restaurants and you should therefore go direct to your entry point.
For those arriving via coach in the official travel group, you will be guided to your entry points and note that the coach will remain where parked for the duration of the match.
At the stadium
Once at the stadium, you should make your way to Gate SG or G, where your tickets will be checked and a search will be undertaken. Those of you with tickets for F4, should find the entrance easily - it is close to SG and G - there will be a number of THFC Stewards who can assist with directions from this point.
Please note that all usual ground regulations apply and in particular, large bags are not allowed inside the stadium, but can be left in a small building near to the gates - please see a THFC Steward, who will assist if required.
Searching will take place once you are through the first set of gates, which is an electronic ticket check turnstile and all flags and banners, whilst welcomed, will be checked at this point. As always, please note that it is common policy and normal ground rules at football stadiums in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, that flags of an overtly religious/sectarian/political nature will not be permitted and may be confiscated. Please respect this request.
The gates will be open from approximately 6:45pm (local time) and there are suitable catering and toilet facilities available once you have entered.
BayArena – no cards or cash
Fans should be aware that payment within the BayArena is via the stadium’s BayArena-Card.
All visiting supporters will receive one of these cards for a deposit of 10 euros. You then top up the card at numerous machines around the stadium.
At the end of the match, you can return the card and collect your 10 euro deposit.
Fans may have experienced the same scenario when we played in the Audi Cup at Bayern Munich last season.
BayArena – seating
Our seating section in Block G is made up of rail seating and there is a fence which runs along the front of this area. THFC Stewards will be available in the section, supporting the Bayer Leverkusen Stewards, if you require assistance at any time.
Please use the seat as shown on your ticket.
Please note that this is a No Smoking Stadium and as with Champions League rules, there will be no alcohol available within the stadium.
It is understood that Spurs fans will not be asked to remain behind, but be allowed to leave to return to their coaches or the train station immediately after the final whistle. Please note, behaviour on the night dictates that the Police can change their plans in this respect.
Do remember to have the correct travel insurances prior to travelling. If you experience issues in Germany, please call the Club’s travel line - 07917-880445 - and we will endeavour to assist you.
The Club is rightly proud of the good behaviour of our fans during previous European travels and we would ask that you uphold this and remember that you are an Ambassador for the Club and therefore we would respectfully request that you behave accordingly throughout the entirety of your visit.
Please note, fans believed to be drunk will be removed from the stadium and not allowed re-admittance.