Following a rival proposal routine conducted in and with The Sports Consultancy, EPCR’s Board awarded a prestigious weekend festival to Marseille, whose considerable bid was upheld by AREMA, Ville de Marseille, Region Sud and Olympique de Marseille and in only underneath dual years’ time, a windy end on a Cote d’Azur will turn a fourth French city along with Bordeaux, Paris and Lyon to theatre a European Cup final.
Marseille was formerly in a European bar spotlight when a city staged a 2010 Challenge Cup decider between a Cardiff Blues and RC Toulon, however, 2020 will symbol a initial arise that a 67,000-capacity track hosts a final of a contest that is widely regarded as The One to Win.
Commenting on a announcement, EPCR Director General, Vincent Gaillard, said: “While France is a normal building of a good diversion of rugby, a European finals weekend in a city of Marseille will be a whole new knowledge both for internal fans and for a constant supporters who transport in their tens of thousands year after year.
“Having done story in Bilbao final season, and with all roads heading to Newcastle this season, we are certain that Marseille and a state-of-the art Stade de Marseille will broach a truly noted weekend on a Cote d’Azur as we applaud a European Cup’s 25th anniversary.”
Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille, said: “In selecting a city, EPCR has recognized a conspicuous common work on a successful bid project, estimable of a expectations of this vital sporting event, that commands a courtesy and unrestrained of a rugby world. After a European Year of Culture in 2013, UEFA EURO 2016, a European Year of Sport 2017, a Rugby World Cup 2023 and a hosting of a sailing events of a Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024, entertainment this tip European bar rugby weekend is serve approval for Marseille, now creation us a member of an chosen round of sporting cities.”
Martin d’Argenlieu, AREMA Chief Executive, added: “After a outrageous success of a TOP 14 semi-finals in 2017, we are happy and unapproachable to horde a European bar rugby finals weekend. We appreciate EPCR for their trust in a Stade de Marseille, a City of Marseille and a Region Sud. It is a genuine pleasure to be compared with such a eminent plan that promotes rugby and a values in a heart of Marseille and a stadium.”
Since a opening in 1937, a home of French Ligue 1 club, Olympique de Marseille, has undergone several redevelopments. After hosting matches during a 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2007 Rugby World Cup, a track extended a repute as a high-class venue with a restoration in 2014 forward of UEFA EURO 2016. Since then, there have been dual Champions Cup semi-finals during a Stade de Marseille and around 30 other vital events including a compare in a Six Nations Championship.
So far, 6 countries – England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Wales – have staged European bar finals, and tickets for this season’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup showpiece matches during St James’ Park, Newcastle on 10 and 11 May 2019 are offered quick on epcrugby.com
The winning bid for a 2021 finals will be announced during a after date.
EUROPEAN CUP FINALS IN FRANCE
1998 Bath Rugby 19 Brive 18 – Stade Lescure, Bordeaux
2001 Leicester Tigers 34 Stade Francais Paris 30 – Parc des Princes
2010 Toulouse 21 Biarritz Olympique 19 – Stade de France
2016 Saracens 21 Racing 92 6 – Grand Stade de Lyon