South East Wales

Champions League final 'a great opportunity' for Cardiff

Cardiff's Principality Stadium Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Cardiff's Principality Stadium hosted the FA Cup final between 2000 and 2006

Hosting the 2017 Champions League final will be a "great opportunity" for Cardiff, the city's council has said.

Cardiff council leader Phil Bale said the authority was "really excited" after the draw for the competition's group stage.

World football's biggest club game will be played at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on 3 June.

Mr Bale said: "It's a great opportunity for Cardiff to further enhance its reputation for hosting major events."

The women's Champions League final will be played at the Cardiff City Stadium on 1 June.

Wales forward Gareth Bale starred as Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico in the 2016 final at the San Siro stadium in Milan.

On Thursday, his side were drawn against German outfit Borussia Dortmund, Portugal's Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw of Poland in the group stage.

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