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Two Villages in Cardiff City Centre Set to Host the Final UEFA Champions League Final

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There will be two special villages set up in the city centre for hospitality guests on the day of the final.

The UEFA Champions Village is in Coopers Field and will host 7,000 guests. The UEFA Football Village, in Cardiff Castle grounds, will host 2,000 guests. Both will open at 4pm on Men’s Final day.

Work on setting up both villages is due to start from May 12 and there may be some short-term road closures while work is underway.

Cardiff Castle

Detail of the closures will be available, as they are announced, on this website www.faw.cymru/cardiff2017/local-knowhow/

The Coopers Field village will be deconstructed and off site by the end of June. A compound, at the rear of the castle in Bute Park, built to enable the building of the Castle Village, will be removed before then.

Coopers Field

Certain gates and footpaths will be closed for safety reasons when the villages are being built and taken down.

For security reasons, the southern half of Bute Park, from the UEFA Champions League Village across to the river Taff, just below the Millennium Walkway Bridge and the Summerhouse Kiosk, will be closed to the public on the match day weekend.

The southern half of Bute Park is expected to be closed from 7pm on Thursday, June 1, and is expected to reopen for normal operating hours on Sunday, June 4. But there will be restricted access to the rear of the castle due to vehicle movements and diversion signs will be in place.

While pedestrians will not be able to use the southern half of Bute Park, they will be able to use the bridge and the kiosk but will not be able to walk south from here into town. As the ground will be covered over for many weeks because of both the RHS Show, which runs from April 7 to 9, and the UEFA villages, it is expected grass at those sites will be affected.

The Council will fully reinstate the affected grass areas and it is anticipated the grass will be better after the events than it is now.

Once the village site has left Coopers Field, the top layer of soil will be removed, the ground will be levelled out and a hardwearing rye grass seed mixture will be sown. The new grass will be treated with fertiliser, mown frequently and irrigated, providing a good quality grass surface suitable for hosting regular major events.

  • Coopers Field will remain fenced off for 13 weeks to allow the newly-sown grass to establish.
  • Other affected grass areas will be fenced off and re-grown from seed or will be reinstated with turf.
  • Large areas of city centre parkland will remain open while the event sites are closed.

For more information on the parks, click here: www.bute-park.com