Thousands of West Ham United fans are set to travel to Croatia on the first leg of the club’s European tour.
West Ham are in the Europa League group stages for the first time.
And David Moyes’s side kick things off with possibly the toughest match they will face in the group stage – away to Dinamo Zagreb.
Hammers favourites but Dinamo away promises to be toughest test
West Ham have been made favourites to win the group and therefore progress directly to the last 16 knockout stage.
But Thursday’s game in Zagreb could have a big bearing on that.
West Ham have been allocated 1,243 tickets that have been snapped up by the highest priority points holders and bond holders.
Many West Ham fans were angered when the club announced a proportion of tickets were also being made available for ‘club partners and club London Members’.
Thousands of West Ham fans to descend on Zagreb for first leg of long awaited European tour
The truth is West Ham fans could have sold their allocation 10 times over. There is a huge appetite for the club’s European campaign.
And thousands of supporters are set to fly out to Zagreb this week to soak in the atmosphere locally.
Indeed as soon as the fixture list was announced West Ham fans had already booked flights while they waited to discover whether UEFA would lift a blanket ban on visiting supporters.
West Ham have reminded all supporters travelling to Croatia this week about entry conditions to the current Green List nation.
Excitement is building as West Ham remind fans over entry requirements for Croatia
“To be allowed entry into Croatia, all travellers from the UK – regardless of their vaccination status – must present either a negative COVID-19 antigen test, which must not be older than 48 hours, or a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours on arrival,” West Ham state.
“People travelling to Croatia from the UK are not permitted to do these tests on arrival in Croatia. Passengers arriving without a valid test certificate will be denied entry to Croatia.”
Excitement is already building ahead of West Ham’s return to European competition.
For those watching on TV at home, two familiar faces to West Ham fans will be hosting BT Sport’s coverage.