The Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2019/20 Guinness Pro14 Final, the first time the league’s showpiece event will be hosted in Wales since Finals returned to the competition in 2009.
For the first five years the game was held at the home ground of the highest ranking team to have made the Final, before a change ahead of the 2014/15 season saw the venue chosen in advance in order to maximise ticket sales.
In all, eight of the 10 Finals have been held in Ireland, either at Thomond Park in Limerick, Ravenhill in Belfast or at Dublin’s RDS or Aviva Stadium, with the remaining two Finals taking place at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield and Glasgow’s Celtic Park, where Leinster beat Glasgow just last weekend.
Organisers have been keen to stage the Final in Wales for some time, but non-rugby events such as Monster Jam, Boxing and Concerts have seen the Principality Stadium unavailable, with none of the four regional grounds suitably big enough to host.
However, the 33,200 capacity Cardiff City Stadium has now been selected to stage the game, which will take place on Saturday 20th June 2020, courtesy of the season’s Rugby World Cup enforced late start.
It is the first time rugby union will return to Leckwith since Cardiff Blues headed back to the Arms Park at the end of the 2011/12 season, with the stadium having hosted the 2011 European Challenge Cup Final in that time.
It will be the second time the city has hosted the Final of this competition though, with the Celtic League having operated end of season knockout games in its first two seasons of existence, Cardiff playing host to the 2002/03 showpiece event.
Just over 30,000 were in attendance at the Principality Stadium as Munster overcame Neath, who had beaten Cardiff in the semi-finals, thanks to a 37-17 scoreline. Alan Quinlan, Marcus Horan and Rob Henderson bagged the Irish side’s tries, with Ronan O’Gara kicking 12 points.
Tickets will be available on Wednesday 28th August with prices starting from £13 for concessions and £26 for adults, plus booking fees. Family tickets for two adults and two children begin at £64 with fans encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.