Road to Cardiff 2017

Cardiff to host 2017 Champions League final

Rumours have been surfacing for several weeks, but following a meeting of European football’s governing body UEFA, I am pleased to be able to officially say that Cardiff will be hosting the 2017 Champions League final.

Cardiff has a proven track record of hosting major events, such as the NATO Summit, FA Cup Finals and the Rugby World Cup. This well-deserved reputation means that we can now look forward to hosting the pinnacle of club football. In the 2014 final, when Cardiff’s Gareth Bale scored one of the winning goals, it was confirmed again as the world’s most-watched annual sporting event, shown in more than 200 countries with an estimated global average audience of more than 165 million!

A packed house at the Millennium Stadium during the press conference on the Champions League final

A packed house at the Millennium Stadium during the press conference on the Champions League final

Work will now accelerate with the Football Association for Wales, UEFA, the Millennium Stadium and partners in the public and private sector to ensure that Cardiff delivers the best Champions League final possible. This is another opportunity to showcase our city to the world, and will bring a large number of visitors and international media to the city, as well as giving a significant boost to Cardiff’s economy. It is estimated that the final, which was most recently held in Berlin, is worth around £40 million to the city’s economy. Berlin also hosted the Champions League festival, a free four-day event, which included games featuring football legends, and events with the community to ensure the final leaves a lasting sporting legacy.

The final will help deliver our priority of driving the economy and creating jobs and will further raise Cardiff’s international profile – as some of Europe’s leading football clubs compete on the ‘Road to Cardiff’ . In two years time, maybe just maybe, Bale, Ramsey, or the next Welsh superstar, will score the winning goal on home turf.

Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

In other major sporting news, this week the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour came to Cardiff.

Cardiff is set to host eight matches at the Millennium Stadium during the tournament, including Wales’ pool games against Uruguay and Fiji, and there will be a dedicated fan zone in the city at Cardiff Arms Park.

The trophy will remain in the city for the next few days before continuing its journey into England. For an opportunity to see the trophy, you can see a full itinerary by visiting the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour website.

Rugby World Cup Trophy

Cardiff and Vale College launch a new city centre campus

Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) opened its brand new city centre campus on Dumballs Road this week.

The college’s £45m campus is the latest state-of-the-art landmark in the city centre with a range of facilities for individuals, communities and employers to learn.

The 16,000m2 campus includes:

  • A rooftop fine dining restaurant with views across the city
  • Dedicated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centre
  • Unique conference facilities with flexible indoor and outdoor spaces
  • An employment centre
  • Commercial hair and beauty salons and a state-of-the-art gymnasium to enable vocational training for students taking courses such as hairdressing

In a recent blog I talked about the Cardiff Design Guide and the importance of high-quality, sustainable design in the city – so it is really positive that this entire building has been designed with a focus on sustainability. A key feature of this is a 1,850m2 photovoltaic array (useable solar power supply), built into the ‘over-sailing’ angled roof that will provide a sustainable energy source for the site and help towards our commitment to become a one planet city. As you can see, this really is more than just a college and has the qualities of a world class facility.

It will open this month, with students arriving in September, and if you want to know more – watch the launch video that CAVC have put together below: