Thursday, October 05, 2017

UK could bid for Champions League final in 2023

The Football Association could bid to host the Champions League final in 2023, according to confidential UK Sport documents obtained by the BBC.

The game is one of a number of "hosting targets" and a
"strategic priority". The staging of parts of the Tour de France in 2021 and athletics' World Championships "in 2027 or 2029", are also listed as ambitions.

UK Sport says it is "actively considering the feasibility of mega events in a number of other sports".

The funding agency has announced it is investing almost £30m over the next eight years "to maintain the country's position as a world-leading host of major sporting events".

Wembley Stadium hosted the Champions League final in 2011 and 2013, and will stage the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020. The FA declined to comment, but has already announced plans to bid for the 2021 Uefa European Women's Championships, which is also listed in the documents as a "hosting target".

It is understood the FA would like to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wembley in 2023 by hosting the final of Europe's premier club competition.

Since the London 2012 Olympic Games, Britain has hosted a series of major events, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the start of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, the rugby World Cup in 2015 and the World Athletics Championships and women's Cricket World Cup earlier this summer.

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