Tottenham Hotspur to host European Finals
NEWS: The new home of Tottenham Hotspur in London will be the destination for European club rugby’s blue-riband event in 2021, following in the footsteps of Bilbao, Newcastle and Marseille as hosts of the prestigious Finals Weekend.
The state-of-the-art North London venue with a capacity of just over 62 000 will open its doors to rugby fans from all over the world on May 21/22, 2021 for the Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup showpiece matches.
Tottenham’s bid proved successful following a robust and detailed tender process run by EPCR in conjunction with partners, The Sports Consultancy. It will be the seventh European Cup Final to be played in England and the first to be held in London outside of Twickenham Stadium.
Almost 80 000 fans have purchased tickets to date for the 2019 edition as the European rugby community gathers at Newcastle’s St James’ Park this weekend.
Simon Halliday, EPCR Chairman said: “We are very excited to be taking the best club rugby in the world to such an innovative and exciting stadium. There is already a real buzz about the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and it will continue the theme of new experiences for our fans in dynamic stadiums that can generate the kind of exceptional atmosphere that has become the hallmark of the Champions Cup.”
Vincent Gaillard, EPCR Director General added: “We received some exceptional bids for the 2021 finals, the calibre of which is testimony to the strength of the process that we have implemented. Finals Weekend is an attractive proposition for fans the world over and the team at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have shown their commitment to continually raising the bar for the Champions Cup final experience.”
Meanwhile, Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur Chairman said: “We are excited to have been selected to host this prestigious weekend, the pinnacle of European club rugby, in 2021 and to have this opportunity to welcome EPCR and rugby fans from around the world to Tottenham to experience our new home. These games will add to the portfolio of world-class sporting and entertainment events our multi-use venue will stage in this new leisure destination for London.”