European professional club rugby (EPCR) announced today that Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will host the 2023 Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup final, replacing the original Tottenham Hostpur Stadium.
Two flagship matches representing the pinnacle of elite European club rugby will be held at the Irish rugby home on Friday 19 May and Saturday 20 May 2023.
The 2023 Champions Cup final returns to Dublin a decade later as RC Toulon defeated ASM Clermont Auvergne in 2013 to win the prestigious silver medal for the first time.
Dublin 2023 ticket sales will begin with a priority window starting Friday (May 20) to allow fans to reserve their seats and plan ahead for their weekend.
Fans can sign up for the priority window by subscribing to ECPR’s offload newsletter and then accessing a limited number of Golden Tickets – Best Tickets at Best Prices between Friday 20th May and Friday 20th May 27th.
The 2023 finals were originally scheduled to be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium; However, due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November and December, with the Premier League ending later than usual and the impact of the 2023 Rugby World Cup on the EPCR calendar, it was decided to relocate the Aviva Stadium. The venue for next season has been chosen as the venue.
And Heineken has confirmed that they will continue to sponsor the Champions Cup title by expanding a lasting relationship with Europe’s elite club competition.
Heineken’s close association with the tournament spans nearly 30 years, since rugby became professional in 1995, and Heineken’s Champions Cup final has been played three times before at the Aviva Stadium, formerly on Lansdowne Road.
This is the first time the Aiva has hosted the Challenge Cup, although it was previously held in 2013 at the RDS in Ireland.
Neil Rhine, chairman of the Aviva Stadium Board, commented: “We are delighted to host the Heineken Champions Cup and the EPCR Challenge Cup Final. It’s always one of the biggest weekends in European rugby.
“This is the fourth time that Ireland has hosted the Heineken Champions Cup final and the second time it has hosted the Aviva Stadium. The old Lansdowne Stadium hosted both 1999 and 2003, while the redeveloped Aviva Stadium hosted the final in 2013 when RC Toulon won three titles in a row. “