Cardiff is a city well used to staging major sporting
events - Rugby World Cup, FA Cup Final, World Rally Championship
and of course the Ryder Cup just up the road in Newport last
year. And this weekend is another big one for our capital
city as it hosts rugby's Heineken European Cup final for a record
This year's final will Leinster battle it out with Northampton to
be crowned the best team in Europe. Expect a terrific contest
full of skill and passion as both teams vie for the game's ultimate
While the action on the pitch will be brutal, out on the streets
there will be a carnival atmosphere as fans mingle in the city
centre's bars and restaurants and at the first ever European
Champions' Village which will be held in the Cardiff Arms Park
(next to the Millennium Stadium) on match-day.
The village will have something for everyone; fans can test their
rugby skills in the games area, sample the best of Welsh local
produce in the food area, have their photo taken with the Heineken
Cup trophy or enjoy a beer at the Heineken bar. The Village is open
pre-match from midday to 4pm and again post match from 7pm. The
entrance is on Westgate street.
You can also catch a glimpse of the trophy as it arrives in the
city by helicopter at Cardiff Bay's Roald Dahl Plass before being
paraded on an open top bus through the city's streets to the
Millennium Stadium in time for the game.
If you're coming to Cardiff for the match don't forget to download
the official Cardiff app for your iPhone
to help find your around the city and to locate the best
restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions.