Russia’s St. Petersburg on bid list for hosting 2021 UEFA Champions League final

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MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union (RFU) has submitted the candidacy of Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, for hosting the final match of the 2021 UEFA Champions League, the Union of European Football Associations said in a statement on Thursday.

“UEFA has received declarations of interest from 11 member associations to host UEFA club competition finals in 2021,” the statement reads adding that the interested bidders for hosting the Champions League final are Russia’s St. Petersburg and Germany’s Munich.

“The declarations of interest are not binding and the final proposals will have to be delivered with the bid dossiers by 15 February 2019,” according to UEFA’s statement. “The UEFA Executive Committee will select the successful host associations at a meeting which is scheduled to take place in May or June 2019.”

Russia’s St. Petersburg was earlier granted the right to host three group stage matches and one of the quarterfinals of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup. A newly-built football arena in St. Petersburg hosted the opening and final matches of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and also served as one of 12 stadiums across the country hosting matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The over 68,000-seat capacity stadium designed to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches was laid down in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg in 2007 and commissioned in early 2017.

The interested bidders for hosting the 2021 UEFA Europa League final are: Vienna (Austria), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Sevilla (Spain).

The interested bidders for hosting the 2021 UEFA Super Cup are: Minsk (Belarus), Helsinki (Finland), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Kharkov (Ukraine).

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