After this year’s Euro, now Parc OL will host its first international final, ending the 2017/18 edition of Europa League. Lyon will be the largest venue of the EL final in this century!
During yesterday’s meeting in Nyon, the UEFA Executive Committee decided to award the 2018 Europa League final to Lyon’s Parc OL. It’s the first international final to be held at Olympique’s new ground, following this year’s Euro as second UEFA tournament to be held here.
The 59,000+ stadium isn’t even one year old yet and is already breaking the record for Europa League final capacity. The tournament requires capacity of 40,000+ seats and hasn’t been hosted by a stadium of Parc OL’s size in this century.
The French venue outgrows Stadion Narodowy, host of the 2015 final and current record holder since transition from UEFA Cup to Europa League. Last final venue larger than Parc OL is Moscow’s Luzhniki where the UEFA Cup final was played in 1999, in front of over 60,000 people.
Before the ‘road to Lyon’ begins in 2017, the current edition of Europa League will end in Solna, Sweden. Friends Arena will stage the final of 2016/17 Europa League on May 24, 2017.