L’EPCR ha oggi confermato le indiscrezioni degli ultimi mesi, annunciando le sedi delle prossime due edizioni delle finali delle Coppe Europee.
Si terrà nei Paesi Baschi, allo stadio San Mamés di Bilbao, la finale dell’edizione 2018 di Champions Cup, Challenge Cup e Continental Shield, mentre il St James’ Park di Newcastle-upon-Tyne ospiterà le finali tra due anni, nel 2019.
Come dice il comunicato stampa emesso da EPCR in un passaggio, “(…) The two highest-profile matches in the European club calendar will be staged at the San Mamés Stadium next year, the home of football side Athletic Club. With a capacity of 53,289, the recently-redeveloped arena delivered an impressive bid for the 2018 matches which was supported by the Spanish Rugby Federation (Federación Española de Rugby), Ministry of Sport (CSD), Biscay Province, the Basque Government and the City of Bilbao. A high-class venue built following the most advanced environmental guidelines, it has been selected by UEFA as one of the hosts for EURO 2020.
2018 will be the first time that the showpiece games have taken place outside of Europe’s traditional rugby territories after Bilbao’s bid was deemed successful by EPCR’s Executive Committee following a competitive tender process. Newcastle’s outstanding application was also recognised with the 2019 blue-riband matches scheduled for St James’ Park.”