As the Champions League Final in Cardiff edges ever closer, the organisers have today begun to announce some of the exciting detail of their plans for our city when it plays host to one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
A television viewing audience of 200 million is expected – and it looks like Cardiff isn’t going to disappoint.
- For the first time in its history, UEFA has recognised the official language of the host nation and all branding will be bilingual.
- Roald Dahl Plas in Cardiff Bay will be the home to the UEFA Champions Festival from 1 – 4 June – featuring music and visits from former Champions League heroes – and a chance to have your photo taken with the infamous Champions League trophy.
- UEFA will install a floating football pitch in Cardiff Bay for the duration of the event.
- There will be a dedicated camping village in Pontcanna to ensure accommodation for everyone visiting Cardiff over the weekend.
- UEFA legends will be playing in the UEFA Ultimate Champions Match on Friday, June 2.
- The UEFA Women’s Final is at Cardiff City Stadium on June 1 with a 7.45pm kick off.
Security and Travel Plans
- There will be a dedicated smartphone app giving visitors and residents real time updates on travel plans and road closures.
- A ‘ring of steel’ similar to the one installed for the NATO summit will be erected in Cardiff City Centre. Construction will begin on May 17th and the ring will remain in place until June 11th.
- A footbridge will be installed over Castle Street, from near to Pettigrew Tearooms to the Holiday Inn to ease congestion.
- On June 3rd itself, 1500 police officers will be in Cardiff City Centre. These will be drafted from the 4 police forces in Wales. There will also be police forces from whichever nations the two finalists come from to ease any concerns over language barriers.
- From midday on June 3rd, only those with tickets to the final will be allowed near the stadium.
- You can view travel plans and road closures by clicking here.
The event organisers are hosting a public drop-in event to explain road closures and travel plans to local residents in more detail.
- 10 April: City Hall, 12.00-14.00
If any residents have any concerns over road closures or plans for the final, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and I will raise your concerns with the event organisers.