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SBD Global/July 24, 2013/Facilities

Welsh Rugby Union Would Back Bid To Host Euro Football Final At Millenium Stadium

Welsh Rugby Union CEO Roger Lewis said the governing body "would be happy to host a European football final" at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, according to the BBC. Any formal bid would have to be made by the FA of Wales (FAW), with stadium owners WRU "offering support." Earlier in '13, the FAW "did register an interest in co-hosting" UEFA's 2020 European Championship in Cardiff. UEFA President Michel Platini's response "was not encouraging from a Welsh viewpoint" or on the broader subject of staging one of the major club finals in the Welsh capital. Platini: "There is not enough hotel rooms in the city, there is not enough space around for the hospitality." Lewis "is conscious of the issues," but points out that "as no firm approach has been made the two Welsh sporting bodies are not yet fully aware of what is required." Lewis: "We need to know what the criteria are going forward and when we receive those criteria then we can formulate the bid" (BBC, 7/23).
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