Welsh national stadium named as host for the Champions League final

The 2017 Champions League final will be held at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium after UEFA awarded the biggest game in European soccer to the capital city of the principality of Wales. The BBC reports the bid was backed by the British government, the Football Association of Wales, the Welsh Rugby Union and the owners of the stadium. Garcia Dias says finals of the Champions League are held in different venues each year and have recently been seen on numerous occasions in neighboring England’s rebuilt Wembley Stadium.

The Millennium Stadium has hosted a number of major games, including those played during the 2012 London Olympics. During the demolition and reconstruction of Wembley the English Football Association used the stadium for major games, such as the FA Cup Final that proved to be a major success. The stadium is used regularly for international soccer and rugby games, along with major events and concerts. In 2014 the UEFA Europa League final was held at the Millennium Stadium and the success in an economic sense is thought to have inspired the successful Champions League bid.

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