The Aviva Stadium will host the 2023 Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup Finals.

The announcement was made yesterday by European Professional Club Rugby and it will be the first time the two finals have been staged on Irish soil since 2013.

The two showpiece matches, representing the pinnacle of elite European club rugby, will take place in Dublin on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May 2023.

International brewing giant Heineken has also confirmed an extension of its long-standing partnership and will continue as title sponsor of the Heineken Champions Cup. Heineken’s close connection with the tournament spans nearly 30 years since rugby embraced professionalism in 1995.

This will be the fourth final to be staged in Dublin with Ulster Rugby having won in 1999, Toulouse in 2003 and Toulon in 2013.

The Cup itself could be back again sooner with Leinster Rugby bidding to win a fifth title in this year’s Final to be staged in Marseilles next weekend.

The 2023 Finals will also be supported by EPCR’s Official Logistics Partner DHL and newly-announced Official Hotels Partner IHG Hotels & Resorts.

Ticket sales for Dublin 2023 open with a priority window from this morning.

“Following extensive discussions with all stakeholders, including the Aviva Stadium, Dublin City Council and the IRFU, we are delighted to be bringing the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup Finals back to Dublin next May,” said EPCR Chair Dominic McKay.

“The ground has a strong association with EPCR, having staged three finals over the years, and we are very much looking forward to returning to Dublin.”

The 2023 Finals were originally scheduled to be staged at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium; however, with the Premier League concluding later than usual due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup taking place in November and December, coupled with the impact of Rugby World Cup 2023 on the EPCR calendar, it was decided to select the Aviva Stadium as next season’s host venue.

“Heineken is synonymous with the Heineken Champions Cup, a tournament we are truly proud to be the title sponsor of,” added Wojciech Bogusz, Marketing Director of HEINEKEN Ireland.

 

 

“The Irish provinces and their loyal fans have enjoyed so many great successes and occasions over almost 30 years, many etched into the folklore of Irish sport forever.”

“We look forward to Dublin 2023 and to welcoming the whole rugby community to Dublin for what promises to be an amazing festival of rugby in a city that has the very best pubs, bars and restaurants for all fans to enjoy.”

“The IRFU is delighted that the Aviva Stadium has been chosen to host the 2023 Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup Finals,” said CEO Kevin Potts.

“It is an exciting prospect to have the opportunity of hosting the pinnacle of European club rugby at the home of Irish rugby. Hopefully, we will have at least one Irish team involved in the final stages of what will be a true celebration of European club rugby, stamped with the unique atmosphere that Irish supporters inevitably bring to the culmination of these major European competitions.”

“Whatever the ultimate line-up, all in Irish rugby look forward to extending a warm welcome to supporters from across Europe to Dublin for what promises to be a thrilling rugby occasion.”

That view was echoed by Niall Rynne, Chair of the Aviva Stadium Board who said “Ireland has of course a wonderful association with the Heineken Champions Cup in particular and I have no doubt that the prospect of a home Final in 2023 will be an even greater incentive for our Irish clubs to do well next year. One thing is certain: whoever makes the Final can be certain of a great welcome not only at the Aviva but also from the city of Dublin.”

 

 

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