Ljubljana - The 2021 UEFA Champions League final will be played in Saint
Petersburg, European football's governing body announced on Tuesday.
The venues for the next three finals were revealed at UEFA's
Executive Committee meeting in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, with
Munich being awarded the 2022 showpiece and the 2023 final being given
In awarding the venues for the next three years, UEFA have had to
take into account not just the likely demand for match tickets but also
the importance of hotel rooms and transport infrastructure.
That means there are a limited number of cities around Europe capable of successfully staging a match of such magnitude.
"The chosen venues have proper mobility, hotels and everything else.
Where we have a problem, and probably will have a problem anywhere, is
that sometimes hotels take advantage of the fact the Champions League
final is in a certain city," admitted UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
"I am sure that if you check those three cities in half an hour you will see that hotel prices have already started to rise.
"This is a problem but it is hard for us to influence. That is why we
want to go to such big cities with so many hotels that in the end you
"Those venues are big cities, interesting cities, accessible for the
fans and with very nice stadiums," he added, although he said he "cannot
do any promises for now" in terms of increasing ticket allocations for
This season's final will
be played in Istanbul, before hosting is given to the 68,000-capacity
Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg.
The venue, complete with a retractable roof, was built ahead of the
2018 World Cup held in Russia. It hosted seven matches at that
tournament, including France's semi-final win over Belgium and will also
host four games at Euro 2020.
It will be the second Champions League final to be played in Russia
after Manchester United beat Chelsea in Moscow to win the trophy in
The 70,000-seat Allianz Arena in Munich is also a host venue for Euro
2020 and staged the 2012 Champions League final when Bayern Munich lost
on penalties to Chelsea.
The 2023 final will be the eighth to be held at Wembley, with the
iconic 90,000-seat London venue also hosting the semi-finals and final
of next year's European Championship.
Meanwhile, European football's governing body also revealed that the
2021 Europa League final will be played in Seville, at Sevilla's Ramon
Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
The Spanish city was chosen ahead of Georgian capital Tbilisi as the
game returns to western Europe - after being staged in Baku last
season, next year's final will go to the Polish city of Gdansk.
The 2021 UEFA Super Cup match - between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League - will be played in Belfast.
UEFA said VAR, which made its Champions League debut in the last 16
last season, will be introduced to the Europa League for the knockout
rounds this term.
A third European club competition that is set to start in 2021 will be known as the UEFA Europa Conference League.
UEFA also announced the number of matches played in the Nations
League would be expanded following the success of the inaugural edition
of the international competition.
The changes, revealed at UEFA's Executive Committee meeting in
Ljubljana, mean League A, currently featuring the top 12 nations on the
continent, will feature 16 nations in four groups of four when the next
tournament begins in the autumn of 2020.
That means more games for each side involved and also ensures that
Germany will be saved from relegation to the second tier League B.
The 2014 World Cup winners had finished bottom of their section and
were relegated along with Croatia, Iceland and Poland, who will also
remain in the top tier.