Bidding Set To Take Place For 2021 Venue
Talks have taken place about staging the Champions League Final in New York City. The news comes just days after it was claimed that Girona’s home game with Barcelona will be the first La Liga game to take place in the USA. That match looks set to be switched to Miami at the end of January.
This season’s Champions League Final is set to be played at Atletico Madrid’s new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in May 2019 with the 2020 tournament already confirmed for the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.
But the venue for the 2021 competition has yet to be decided. Uefa will launch an open bidding process later this month with the successful host stadium to be announced in November.
But according to Jaume Roures of the Spanish media company Mediapro discussions have already taken place about moving the final out of Europe to the United States.
“Talks are ongoing investigating the feasibility of hosting a future Champions League final in New York City,” he said.
Roures is also keen on La Liga’s 15-year deal to play at least one of its matches each season in the USA or Canada and he claimed that the deal will in particular benefit the smaller clubs.
“It’s very positive, especially for Girona, which has just arrived in La Liga,” he said. “It helps consolidate the competition. Girona will be discussed throughout the world of football for fifteen days.”
The Premier League announced plans for a 39th game to be held annually in ten different venues around the world. However, the project was dropped amidst objections mainly from UK supporters.
Uefa would need permission from Fifa, from Concacaf and from the United States Soccer Federation to play the Champions League Final in the US. It remains to be seen whether New York is a viable option for the 2021 Final or if Roures and co will leave it for at least one more year.