Thu, 14 Nov 2019

Cardiff to host 2020 PRO14 final

News24
22 Aug 2019, 23:43 GMT+10

Cape Town - Former Wales and British and Irish Lions flank Sam Warburton believes Cardiff City Stadium will provide the best possible atmosphere when the 2020 PRO14 final comes to the Welsh capital next year.

The showpiece event takes place on June 20, 2020 and will mark the first time that Cardiff has hosted the event in the era of 'Destination Finals'.

The game has established a reputation as one of the most exciting events in the club rugby calendar with 14 teams from across Wales, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and South Africa all battling it out to reach the championship decider at Cardiff City Stadium.

The PRO14 final has enjoyed four record attendances in a row and now the Cardiff City Stadium with its 33 280 capacity promises to provide a sold-out spectacle that will create an incredible atmosphere.

Warburton is in no doubt that Cardiff City Stadium will provide an electric welcome for the two finalist teams.

"Rugby has always been a sport at the heart of Wales and having another world-class rugby event in our capital city is very exciting," he said.

"I've seen a couple of matches in Cardiff City Stadium and the atmosphere can be electric with the right crowd - it's going to be a great final whichever of the teams make it.

"Being a Cardiff boy myself, I could be biased, but it really is a great city with a great community. As the crow flies, the Cardiff City Stadium is under a mile from the city centre, so it makes a great location for fans wanting to make a day or a weekend of the event."

After much clamour to bring the PRO14 final to Wales, Martin Anayi, PRO14 Rugby CEO, was delighted that Cardiff could play host the championship's biggest day of the season.

"We have long heard the voices of the Welsh fans who wanted to see the PRO14 final take place here and it's great that all of the pieces have finally fallen into place for 2020," Anayi said.

"Choosing Cardiff City Stadium as the location for next year's final allows us to aim for a sell-out event after four successive years of setting new attendance records.

"Bringing the final to Wales is another move in making the championship decider about supporters of rugby, not just fans of the teams involved, and we know from experience that Welsh supporters are the most vocal. Cardiff City Stadium also brings us to a football venue for the second year in a row after the tremendous success of our most recent final in Glasgow's Celtic Park.

"We are hugely encouraged by the enthusiasm of Wayne Nash and his team at Cardiff City Stadium because they are passionate rugby fans who are used to hosting world-class events in sports and entertainment and that experience will help make our final a big success.

"Although the stadium itself may be known for the round ball, Cardiff is one of the most attractive rugby cities across the world and we hope that it's not just the local fans who are excited, but everyone from around our competing nations and beyond."

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