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    of hotels and the like at

    so much so that they ask someone at a hotel! And he clearly thinks he’s a football expert!

    Stephen Miles, general manager at the Radisson Blu Edwardian

    “It could be years before they get back in it. If Manchester United don’t make it into the Champions League next season, which is very likely, the whole impact that will have on the city’s economy and the wider region will be huge. They could of course make it into the Europa League, which would mean home games in Europe. But it is not the same level of competition. Bars, restaurants and hotels will feel it. In my hotel we had the best part of a few thousand people from all over the world staying when Bayern Munich played at Old Trafford recently. What you have also got to remember is that it’s a lot easier to get a ticket to a Champions League game at Old Trafford than it is to a Premier League match, because season ticket holders don’t get the Champions League home games as part of their season ticket. That just means more people who aren’t used to it, are going to the big European home games, staying overnight and spending money here."

    “While it is clearly not good for hotels and bars and cafes, it’s also not the end of the world. They will just have to find other revenue streams. Manchester also has Manchester City but they only have around 42,000 seats compared with around 75,000 at Old Trafford. And most of City’s followers are season ticket holders too. Also, with all due respect to City, they don’t get people coming to watch their home games from all over the world – well not yet anyway.”
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