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UEFA Champions Festival Comes to Cardiff Bay in June


The four-day festival will be a real feast of football in Cardiff Bay from Thursday, June 1, to Sunday, June 4. The free festival will encompass Roald Dahl Plass, the Wales Millennium Centre and the Norwegian Church.

It will be open from 11am to 11pm on Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2; and from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. Times are subject to change.

A large Champions Main Stage will be situated in Roald Dahl Plass with a host of global and local artists, DJs and bands set to perform throughout each day.

For the first time, a Champions Floating Pitch will be installed in the Bay and will host the highly-anticipated UEFA Ultimate Champions Match on Friday, June 2, featuring legends of the beautiful game.

The Uefa Champions Festival

Last year’s participants included Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos, Portugal’s Luís Figo and Germany’s Lothar Matthäus.

In addition, the floating pitch will host community activity, including walking football, refugee teams from Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, a deaf football friendly international, learning disability and youth age groups matches.

The UEFA Champions Gallery, a museum celebrating the UCL’s history, will be located inside the iconic Wales Millennium Centre.

The gallery will also celebrate and showcase the fantastic work being done across Wales by clubs, schools and communities. It will also feature workshops on a range of topics such as sports photography, creative writing and video production.

The Gallery will also feature the work being done as part of the FAW’s Community Engagement Initiatives throughout the build-up to the finals, including the Cardiff 2017 Curriculum Resource which was created for all primary schools in Wales and the #ThisIsWelshFootball photography competition.

The Pierhead building will be transformed into an interactive Virtual Champions Arena offering an immersive virtual reality experience.

There will be lots of UEFA fan engagement installations, the jewel in the crown being the iconic UEFA Champions League Trophy display, which gives visitors the opportunity to have a free photo taken alongside club football’s most iconic silverware, with the beautiful Cardiff Bay backdrop.

There will be food and drink stands and plenty more to see and do throughout each day.

The festival will not be screening the final on June 3.

Work on setting up the festival site will begin from May 12 when there may be some temporary, minor lane restrictions. All of the information on road restrictions and closures can be found at

A full list of activities will be available on