The Pro14 rugby union club competition has continued its trend of taking its showpiece Final match to non-traditional rugby venues by announcing Cardiff City Stadium as the host for the 2020 event.
The match will take place on June 20 and will mark the first time that Cardiff has staged the event in the Pro14’s ‘destination finals’ era. Until 2015, the Pro14’s showpiece match was staged at the home of the highest-placed team that year but the league opted for a new hosting model in 2015.
This year’s Pro14 Final was held at Glasgow’s Celtic Park, home of the Scottish Premiership football champion, while Dublin’s Aviva Stadium hosted in 2017 and 2018 and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium was the venue for the 2016 match.
Cardiff City Stadium has a capacity of 33,280 and serves as the home of the Welsh capital’s Championship football club. The Pro14 Final has posted four record attendances in a row and the league is hopeful of another sell-out in Cardiff next year.
“Choosing Cardiff City Stadium as the location for next year’s final allows us to aim for a sell-out event after four successive years of setting new attendance records,” Pro14 Rugby chief executive Martin Anayi said.
“Bringing the final to Wales is another move in making the Championship decider about supporters of rugby, not just fans of the teams involved, and we know from experience that Welsh supporters are the most vocal. Cardiff City Stadium also 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.”
The Pro14 is contested by clubs from across Wales, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and South Africa.