Baku may host top UEFA events

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man Is­may­ilova

Azer­bai­jan has put for­ward Baku's Olympic Sta­dium to host the UEFA 2019 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal and Europa League fi­nal.

The over 68,000-seater sta­dium will go up against Atletico Madrid's new sta­dium - the Es­ta­dio Metropoli­tano to host the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

The Europa League fi­nal, mean­while, will be con­tested by Baku and two other sta­di­ums - the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Sta­dium in Sevilla and Turkey's Be­sik­tas Arena.

The UEFA an­nounced on June 8 the list of na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions that nom­i­nated their can­di­da­ture and sub­mit­ted the bid book be­fore the dead­line for fi­nal meet­ings of club tour­na­ments and the UEFA Su­per Cup matches, which will be held in 2019.

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tions of Azer­bai­jan (AFFA) re­ported that the de­ci­sion of the UEFA Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee on the sta­di­ums, where the matches will be held, will be an­nounced on Septem­ber 21.

The Baku Olympic Sta­dium was con­structed to host the 2015 Euro­pean Games and had re­cently wel­comed the 4th Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games.

The World Congress of Sta­di­ums2017 has rec­og­nized the Baku Olympic Sta­dium as "The best new sta­dium in the world".

Last spring the Sta­dium was rec­og­nized as the best project by the Amer­i­can Coun­cil of Engi­neer­ing Com­pa­nies. In 2015 the sta­dium was named the best project in sports and en­ter­tain­ment by Engi­neer­ing News Record mag­a­zine.

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