Former Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton believes Cardiff City Stadium will provide the best atmosphere possible when the 2020 GUINNESS PRO14 final comes to the Welsh capital next summer.
This season’s Guinness PRO14 final will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2020, and it will mark the first time that Cardiff has hosted the event in the era of ‘destination finals’.
The game has established a reputation as one of the most exciting events in the club rugby calendar with 14 teams from across Wales, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and South Africa all battling it out to reach the Championship decider at Cardiff City Stadium.
The PRO14 final has enjoyed four record attendances in a row and now the Cardiff City Stadium with its 33,280 capacity promises to provide a sold-out spectacle that will create an incredible atmosphere.
Fans can gain access to an exclusive presale window for 48 hours this coming Monday (August 26) by signing up as a member of PRO14 Xtra – visit xtra.pro14rugby.org or download the official PRO14 app to gain access.
General sale tickets will be available next Wednesday (August 28) and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees). Family ticket prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.
Former Cardiff Blues flanker Warburton is in no doubt that Cardiff City Stadium will provide an electric welcome for the two finalists, saying:
Rugby has always been a sport at the heart of Wales and having another world-class rugby event in our capital city is very exciting. I’ve seen a couple of matches in Cardiff City Stadium and the atmosphere can be electric with the right crowd – it’s going to be a great final whichever of the teams make it.
“Being a Cardiff boy myself, I could be biased, but it really is a great city with a great community. As the crow flies, the Cardiff City Stadium is under a mile from the city centre, so it makes a great location for fans wanting to make a day or a weekend of the event.”
After much clamor to bring the PRO14 decider to Wales, Martin Anayi, PRO14 Rugby CEO, was delighted that Cardiff could play host the Championship’s biggest day of the season. He said:
We have long heard the voices of the Welsh fans who wanted to see the PRO14 final take place here and it’s great that all of the pieces have finally fallen into place for 2020.
“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.”
Anayi continued: “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.
“We are hugely encouraged by the enthusiasm of Wayne Nash and his team at Cardiff City Stadium because they are passionate rugby fans who are used to hosting world-class events in sports and entertainment and that experience will help make our final a big success.
“Although the stadium itself may be known for the round ball, Cardiff is one of the most attractive rugby cities across the world and we hope that it’s not just the local fans who are excited, but everyone from around our competing nations and beyond.”
The race to Cardiff begins on Friday, September 27 when round 1 of the 2019/20 GUINNESS PRO14 season kicks off. Every game will be shown live on Premier Sports in the UK with regular free-to-air matches broadcast on Free Sports and S4C.
In the Republic of Ireland, eir Sport will cover the entire PRO14 season with TG4 showing free-to-air fixtures across the campaign. In Italy, DAZN will continue to screen every single game after a terrific debut showing last season, while in South Africa, Super Sport will continue their tremendous support of the PRO14.
Each broadcaster will screen the 2020 GUINNESS PRO14 final live from Cardiff City Stadium on June 20 with Premier Sports serving as the host broadcaster.