Sunday 15 September 2019

PRO14 final going to Wales as Cardiff City Stadium chosen as host venue for 2020

Cardiff City Stadium will host the 2020 PRO14 final. (Photo by William Early/Getty Images)
Cardiff City Stadium will host the 2020 PRO14 final. (Photo by William Early/Getty Images)
David Kelly

David Kelly

HOLDERS Leinster will be bidding for a hat-trick of PRO14 title wins at another soccer venue next season as organisers confirmed the Cardiff City Stadium will be the venue for the June 2020 final.

"Cardiff City Stadium 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," said PRO 14 chief Martin Anayi.

"Although the stadium itself may be known for the round ball, Cardiff is one of the most attractive rugby cities across the world.”

The Pro14 final has enjoyed four record attendances in a row with league bosses hoping the Cardiff City capacity of 33,280 will be filled.

The last four finals have been held in Celtic Park, Glasgow, two in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and Edinburgh's Murrayfield.

Former Cardiff Blues flanker and recently-appointed new board member Sam Warburton backed the decision.

"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," said Warburton.

"We hope it's not just the local fans who are excited, but everyone from around our competing nations and beyond."

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Munster have also won a Celtic League title on Welsh soil, in 2003, as well as winning two Heineken Cups in the city’s Principality Stadium.

The Pro14 league season starts on 27 September.

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