Uefa, the governing body of soccer in Europe, is reportedly trying to bring the 2024 Champions League final to the United States, with MetLife Stadium in New Jersey standing as the preferred venue.
According to Morning Consult, Uefa has informed relevant stakeholders that it is working with Team Marketing agency, the body’s exclusive sales agent for its club competition rights, to bring the prestigious championship match outside of Europe for the first time.
The 2021, 2022 and 2023 Champions League finals will be held in St. Petersburg, Munich and London respectively, Uefa announced in September.
According to the Associated Press, Uefa is considering staging the showpiece game outside of Europe one day but it won’t happen for the first time in 2024, just before the European Championship in Germany.
Taking the Champions League final outside of Europe is not a new plan for Uefa. In 2018, the New York Times reported that Uefa had privately discussed the idea of taking the showpiece event to cities like New York, Miami, and Doha occasionally.
Previous efforts by foreign leagues to stage meaningful soccer games on US soil have failed thus far, however. So it is unclear if Uefa will gain the requisite permission to bring the Champions League final to the New York area.
LaLiga is trying for the second time to stage an official league game in Miami, this time a December fixture between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, but it appears extremely unlikely to happen.
MetLife Stadium is the home for National Football League teams the New York Giants and Jets.