European football’s governing body Uefa is reportedly set to approve St. Petersburg, Munich and London as hosts of the three Champions League finals spanning the 2020-21 to 2022-23 seasons.
The Associated Press news agency, citing two people with knowledge of the process, said Gazprom Arena, home to Russian Premier League outfit Zenit St. Petersburg; Allianz Arena, home of German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich; and London’s Wembley Stadium will host the finals in 2021, 2022 and 2023, respectively.
Uefa traditionally awards the finals to its leading club competitions on a year-by-year basis, but signalled its intent to move away from this strategy earlier this year. In February, it was announced that the 2021 Uefa Champions League final will be played at either the Gazprom Arena or Allianz Arena after the bidders for that year’s club competition finals were detailed.
Uefa also opened the bidding process for the 2022 and 2023 Champions League finals, with the latter event set to tie in with the centenary year of the opening of the original Wembley Stadium. When contacted by SportBusiness today (Monday), Uefa declined to comment on the reported award of the hosting rights, but added: “The appointment of host associations for these finals will be decided and announced at the next meeting of the Uefa Executive Committee in Ljubljana on 24 September.”
In other news, Uefa’s Emergency Panel has approved the capping of ticket prices for away fans in the Champions League and Europa League with immediate effect.
Ticket prices for away fans will be capped at a maximum of €70 ($77) in the Champions League and €45 in the Europa League, which represents the level of the lowest category ticket price of the Champions League and Europa League finals, respectively.
The move follows increasing concerns expressed by fans and clubs about the pricing of match tickets for European matches for supporters who travel across the continent to support their teams. Uefa said the new regulation complements the existing rule which stipulates that the price of tickets for supporters of the visiting team must not exceed the price paid for tickets of a comparable category that are sold to supporters of the home team, excluding tickets available to season tickets holders, persons who are members of a supporters’ club or tickets sold as part of a promotional package.
Commenting on the introduction of the ticket price cap, Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin said: “Fans are the lifeblood of the game and those who follow their teams to away matches must have access to tickets at a reasonable price, bearing in mind the cost they have already had to incur for their trip.
“By capping ticket prices, we want to make sure that away fans can still travel to games and play their part in making the atmosphere inside football stadiums so special.”