The 2023 Heineken Champions Cup final and EPCR Challenge Cup final will both be held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin next May.
Dublin last hosted the Champions Cup final back in 2013, when Toulouse narrowly beat Clermont Auvergne at the Aviva Stadium, and the same venue will be used to host the final 10 years on.
The final has been staged at the Aviva Stadium three times to date, including when it was known as Lansdowne Road, with Ulster beating Colomiers in the first Irish-hosted final in 1999.
The final was originally supposed to be held in London.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London was originally selected to host the 2023 final, however as the Premier League season is ending later than normal next year due to the Fifa World Cup being held this winter, it was decided to move the final to Dublin.
EPCR Chairman Dominic McKay explained that they do plan on hosting the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the future.
“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,” McKay said.
“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.
“We are very happy to continue working with Tottenham Hotspur to stage our Finals there soon. It is a sensational stadium with a burgeoning history of hosting rugby matches.
“In the meantime, it is exciting to be returning to a rugby heartland at the Aviva Stadium, and we look forward to welcoming fans, clubs, players and stakeholders to what promises to be an outstanding weekend in May next year.”
Last weekend’s #HeinekenChampionsCup SF at the Aviva was so special, we’ve decided…
To stage the final there next year 🤩
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) May 19, 2022
Good news for the Irish provinces.
Although the Champions Cup final has been held in Dublin three times already, only Ulster have played in the final on Irish soil, while Leinster played in the Challenge Cup final at the RDS Arena in 2013.
Leinster will contest this year’s final in Marseille and they will be confident that they could feature in the finale next year in Dublin, while Munster and Ulster will also believe they could take part in an Irish-hosted final.