On Wednesday afternoon, the final of the European Conference League was held in Prague between English team West Ham and Italian team Fiorentina. Due to the large number of football fans trying to get to the stadium, the entire city’s transportation system was blocked, causing significant problems for people who needed public transportation to work.
Metro line A at the Museum station did not stop in the evening because it was overcrowded, and there were also problems on line C. Trains on line A transported West Ham fans to Letná, where they had their fan zone. On line C, there was a rush in the direction of Nádraží Holešovice, as Italian fans had their base at the Exhibition Grounds.
Complications affected virtually all tram and bus lines except for 1, 2, 13, and 21. Heavy car traffic was around the stadium, and delays of up to 30 minutes were reported.
In addition, the transport company announced that the reporting system for exceptional events had collapsed. It warned that all data on the website might not be up to date because “there are interruptions in data transmission.”
Overall, the situation caused significant inconvenience for people who needed to get to work or move around the city. Let’s hope that similar situations will not occur again in the future.