The national stadium of Ukraine will hold its first Champions League final in 2018, following a long campaign to win the hosting rights and upsetting Atletico Madrid who also submitted a bid.
As UEFA officially confirmed on Thursday, the National Sports Complex Stadium in Kyiv will hold the 2018 Champions League final on May 26, 2018. It’s the first time for Ukraine to host the event, though this very stadium already has a rich history, including UEFA Super Cup, the 1980 Olympics or Euro 2012 final.
Nominal capacity of the stadium is app. 70,000 though UEFA suggests that it would fall to 68,000 for the 2018 game.
Kyiv’s candidacy was one of two strongest contenders in the race. The other was Atletico Madrid’s new stadium, which has suffered from numerous delays and is yet to be delivered. Kyiv confirmed the bid in mid-2015 and Ukrainian officials have stated several times that they are considered the favourite.
Before Kyiv gets its UCL final in 2018, the 2017 edition will end in Cardiff, at Principality Stadium.