EPCR will appoint the host cities for the 2020 and 2021 European Professional Club Rugby finals weekend next year, following 'unprecedented' interest in staging the events, according to organisers.
The simultaneous bidding and assessment processes will again be conducted with The Sports Consultancy, with 18 expressions of interest received from all over Europe for the 2020 event.
An announcement is expected in summer 2018 and the next two editions will be held in Bilbao and Newcastle respectively, both new venues for the European club game. More than 48,000 tickets have already been sold for May’s Finals weekend at San Mamés Stadium.
The event has also left a significant legacy to recent host cities, with the total economic impact for Edinburgh estimated at €32.7m, with the TV media value at stood at an additional €3.2m, from the Finals weekend earlier this year.
Carsten Couchouron, marketing & commercial director at European Professional Club Rugby, said: “A range of cities have engaged with our robust and detailed bidding process in recent years and we have been innovative with our decisions for venues, which have helped to continually develop the footprint of our competitions.
“We welcome submissions for venues in both traditional and emerging rugby markets and hope that by running the 2020 and 2021 bids together, we will have the chance to engage with a range of cities to provide the very best venues for fans to enjoy European club rugby’s blue riband event.”
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