The two great matches, the pinnacle of elite European club rugby, will take place in the Irish capital on Friday 19 May and Saturday 20 May 2023.
The international brewing giant Heineken® will continue to be the main sponsors of the Heineken Champions Cup, which means expanding the long-standing connection with the European elite club competition, which represents the leading lights of the Gallagher Premiership in England, the French TOP 14 and the United Rugby Championship. which has representatives from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy and South Africa.
Heineken®’s close association with the tournament has lasted for almost 30 years since rugby took on professionalism in 1995, and the Heineken Champions Cup final has already taken place three times at Aviva Stadium, formerly Lansdowne Road.
The Final 2023, which will also be supported by EPCR’s official logistics partner DHL and the newly announced official partner of IHG Hotels & Resorts, is returning to Dublin after ten years when RC Toulon defeated ASM Clermont Auvergne and picked up the famous silver for the first time. 2013.
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Dublin 2023 ticket sales open with a priority window starting tomorrow (Friday, May 20), allowing fans to secure their seats and plan their weekends well in advance.
Fans can register for the priority window by subscribing to the EPCR newsletter and then have access to a limited number of Gold Tickets – the best tickets at the best prices from Friday 20 May to Friday 27 May.
To date, six countries – England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Wales – have hosted European club finals and next week the focus will shift to the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille with high attendance expected for what it promises to be an exciting weekend full of high standards . -rugby class.
Dominic McKay, EPCR President, said: “After extensive discussions with all stakeholders, including Aviva Stadium, Dublin City Council and the IRFU, we are delighted to be able to bring the Heineken Champions Cup and the EPCR Challenge Cup final back to Dublin next May.
“The site has a strong association with the EPCR, which has held three finals over the years, and we look forward to returning to Dublin.”
The Final 2023 was originally scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium; As the Premier League ends later than usual due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November and December, along with the impact of the 2023 Rugby World Cup on the EPCR calendar, it was decided to host Aviva Stadium as next season’s host. place.
McKay added: “We are very pleased to be able to continue working with Tottenham Hotspur to hold our finals there soon. It is a sensational stadium with a growing history of rugby matches.
“Meanwhile, it’s exciting to return to the rugby heart at Aviva Stadium and look forward to welcoming fans, clubs, players and stakeholders on this special weekend in May next year.”
Wojciech Bogusz, Marketing Director, HEINEKEN Ireland, said: “Heineken® is synonymous with the Heineken Champions Cup, a tournament we are really proud to be the main sponsor of. The Irish provinces and their loyal fans have enjoyed so many great successes and opportunities over almost 30 years, many of which have forever entered the folklore of Irish sport.
“We are looking forward to Dublin 2023 and welcoming the entire rugby community in Dublin to what it promises will be an amazing rugby festival in a city that has the best pubs, bars and restaurants for all fans to enjoy.”
Kevin Potts, Executive Director of the IRFU, said: “The IRFU is pleased that the Aviva Stadium has been selected to host the Heineken and EPCR Challenge Cup finals in 2023.
“It’s an exciting prospect to have the opportunity to host the top European club rugby at the home of Irish rugby. Let us hope that we have at least one Irish team involved in the final stages of what will be a real celebration of European club rugby, marked by the unique atmosphere that Irish fans inevitably bring to the culmination of these big European competitions.
“Regardless of the final line-up, everyone in Irish rugby is looking forward to warmly welcoming fans from all over Europe to Dublin for what it promises will be an exciting rugby event.”
Niall Rynne, Chairman of the Board of Aviva Stadium, said: “We are delighted to host the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup finals. It is always one of the best weekends in European rugby. This will be the fourth time for Ireland that it will host the Heineken Champions Cup final and the second time that it will host the Aviva Stadium. The old Lansdowne Stadium was hosted in 1999 and 2003, while the rebuilt Aviva Stadium led the finals in 2013, when RC Toulon won the first of its three titles in a row.
“This will, of course, be the first time Aviva has hosted the EPCR Challenge Cup, although it was previously played in Ireland at the RDS in 2013.
“Ireland has, of course, a great connection, especially with the Heineken Champions Cup, 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 prosper next year. One thing is certain: those who make it to the finals can be sure that they will welcome him not only in Aviva but also in Dublin.
DUBLIN EUROPEAN FINALS
1999: Ulster Rugby 21 Colomiers 6, Lansdowne Road
2003: Stade Toulousain 22 Perpignan 17, Lansdowne Road
2013: RC Toulon 16 ASM Clermont Auvergne 15, Aviva Stadium
2013: (Challenge Cup): Leinster Rugby 34 Stade Francais Paris 13, RDS Arena
Gold tickets are available to fans via subscribing to the EPCR newsletter. This exclusive priority window will offer tickets to both finals as a package with a 50% discount on the EPCR Challenge Cup when purchased along with Heineken Champions Cup tickets at full price. The priority window is open from tomorrow (Friday, May 20) at 10:00 BST / 11:00 CET to Friday week (May 27) at 20:00 BST / 21:00 CET.