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The UEFA Champions Festival Cardiff

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In celebration of the UEFA Champions League Final coming to Cardiff this June, there will be a free UEFA Champions Festival held in Cardiff for footie fans to reveal in the excitement and atmosphere of the upcoming final which includes a floating football pitch! The festival will be held in Cardiff Bay from Thursday the 1st of June until Sunday the 4th of June and is free to enter. There will be entertainment throughout the 4 days and will also offer fans the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Champions League trophy.
So, what can you expect during the Cardiff Bay based festival Fan Zone?
Champions Main Stage
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.
Champions Floating Pitch
This is the one we are excited to see. 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. 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.
Champions Gallery
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 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.
Creative Workshops
The Champions Gallery will also feature workshops on a range of topics such as sports photography, creative writing and video production.
Virtual Champions Arena
The Pierhead building will be transformed into an interactive Virtual Champions Arena offering an immersive virtual reality experience in which YOU can be part of the finalists’ “Road to Cardiff”.
UEFA Champions League Trophy 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.
UEFA Partner Activations
All UEFA’s Champions League partners will be on site, offering a wide range of different activities for you to get involved with.
There will be food and drink stands and plenty more to see and do throughout each day.
The UEFA Champions Festival will close at 17.00 on Saturday 3 June and reopen again on Sunday 4 June. There will be no screening of the game at the Festival site. However, Thursday and Friday in particular will give residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the Festival first before many of the finalists’ fans arrive in the city.
Match day, on Saturday 3 June, is expected to be extremely busy as two sets of supporters head to the city for the game. It is expected that the fans will soak up the atmosphere at the Festival before heading to the stadium for the game.