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All you need to know about Champions League final venue

A rough guide to Cardiff's National Stadium of Wales, the venue for Saturday's UEFA showpiece with a 20:45 CEST kick off.

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National Stadium of Wales
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Cardiff is the host city for the biggest club game in European football as Serie A giants Juventus face recent LaLiga title winners Real Madrid. This is the first time the Welsh city will have hosted a major UEFA final with the match taking place at the National Stadium of Wales with a 20:45 CEST kick off on Saturday.

Temple of Rugby Union

Rugby Union is invariably the sport that is associated with Wales with the National Stadium a cauldron of passion at home Six Nations games. Constructed on the banks of the River Taff beside the old Cardiff Arms Park, construction on the stadium began in 1997 with 56.000 tons of steel used in the building process. 

Rugby at the Principality Stadium (Wales)
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Rugby at the Principality Stadium (Wales)archive

The stadium opened in 1999 as 74,000 fans packed the ground to watch a Wales-South Africa rugby match on June 26th. The first soccer match at the new stadium was held in 2000 when the Welsh national side faced Finland. A year later the ground was awarded a five star category ground award from UEFA and staged football matches as part of the 2012 London Olympics.

General view of the UEFA Champions League trophy outside the Millennium Stadium which will host the final in 2017
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General view of the UEFA Champions League trophy outside the Millennium Stadium which will host the final in 2017Matthew ChildsREUTERS

The stadium employs 900 people, boasts 112 VIP areas with 48 bars.For Saturday's match, the Real Madrid support will be located in the north stand with the "Bianconeri tifosi" seating in the south stand all under the roof of the ground normally known as the Principality Stadium, but due to UEFA regulations the stadium will be known as the National Stadium during the tenure of the European football governing body in the Welsh capital.  

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National Stadium of Wales
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National Stadium of Wales
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