The UEFA Champions Festival opens in Cardiff on
Thursday 1 June 2017

This a must-see for all those wishing to soak up the UEFA Champions League Final atmosphere when it comes to the Welsh Capital in June.

It’s free of charge and offers family entertainment throughout the day. With Saturday expected to be the busiest as fans of the participating finalists arrive in the city, Thursday, Friday and Sunday will be the best opportunity for locals to experience the Festival

Located in Cardiff Bay, the festival is expected to attract over 200,000 people throughout the four days, with all those in attendance given an opportunity to have their photo taken with the iconic trophy free-of-charge. To find out how to get to the Festival please click here.

So, what will you see in Cardiff Bay between 1-4 June?

Opening times

Thursday 1 June: 10:00-23:00
Friday 2 June: 11:00-23:00
Saturday 3 June: 11:00-17:00 (no public viewing of final)
Sunday 4 June: 11:00-17:00

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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.

Main attractions

Thursday 1 June
Cor Glanaethwy (15:15-16:00)
Only Boys Aloud (18:30-19:30)
Mike Peters & Lucy Morgan Quartet (20:00-21:00)
Tenors of Rock (21:30-23:00)

Friday 2 June
Ultimate Champions Match (16:00-18:00)
Afro Cluster (18:00-18:45)
The Dominos (19:15-20:00)

Saturday 3 June
The Dominos (13:00-13:45)
DJ Gaizka Mendieta (14:00-15:00)
KONAMI Pro Evolution Soccer Finals (15:00-16:00)
DJ Huw Stephens (16:00-17:00)

Sunday 4 June
2 Rude (12:00-13:00)
We're No Heroes (13:30-14:30)
Captain Accident (14:45-15:30)
Funk Street (16:00-17:00)

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Champions Floating Pitch

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.

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Ultimate Champions Match

Last year’s participants included Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos, Portugal’s Luís Figo and Germany’s Lothar Matthäus. 


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.

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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.

adidas: Visit the Official adidas Fan Shop

BT Sport: #GoalsRecreated - attempt to recreate Steve Mcmanaman’s 2000 UEFA Champions League final goal, and look out for special guests

GAZPROM: GAZPROM Ticket Barometer - follow the GAZPROM pipeline elements in Cardiff for a chance to win two final tickets

Heineken: Watch out for the Bus Bar.

Mastercard: Visit the Mastercard Barber Shop next to the Pierhead Building for a free trim and the chance to unlock a Priceless Surprise!  Keep an eye out for Mastercard’s singing quartet.

Nissan: Catch yourself on video with the Champions League Trophy at the Intelligent Trophy Photobooth and go on a footballing journey involving three individual games

Pepsi Max: Visit the Fan House for an immersive custom-built VR game, the play-to-powerfoosball tables and ‘Roar for a Pour’ at the passion-reactive vending machines.

PlayStation: Sample the latest games for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®VR at the PlayStation FC Experience;  top the Headmaster leaderboard with Farpoint™ to win final tickets.

UniCredit: Beat the Robot Keeper to win great prizes!

Xperia™ from Sony:  Explore the new Xperia™ XZPremium featuring the new Motion Eye™ on the #ChampionsSofa, and see if you can win the Exclusive Photography Experience at the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.

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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. As per previous finals 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. Find out how to get to the Festival here.

Further details of events and attractions will be added over the coming weeks, so make sure you check back soon!

Daily schedules

Thursday 1 June: open 11:00-23:00
Football: Together #WePlayStrong launch event (13:00-14:00), FAW Cwpan y Bobl Final Boys U14 (14:00-15:00), FAW Cwpan y Bobl Final disability A-band (15:00-16:00), FAW Cwpan y Bobl Final disability A-band  (16:00-17:00), BT Sport celebrity match (17:00-18:15), UEFA Social Responsibility – European Deaf Sports Association game (18:30-19:30), UEFA Social Responsibility – Homeless World Cup game (19:30-20:30), UEFA Social Responsibility – amputee football (20:30-21-45). free play session (21:45-23:00)
Main stage: Festival opening (10:30-12:00), Football Freestylers (12:00-13:00), Cor Glanaethwy (15:15-16:00), Only Boys Aloud (18:30-19:30), Mike Peters & Lucy Morgan Quartet (20:00-21:00), Tenors of Rock (21:30-23:00)

Friday 2 June: open 11:00-23:00
Football:  Adidas Young Champions Tournament (11:00-15:30), Ultimate Champions Match (16:00-18:00), Nissan promotion (18:15-20:15), FAW Refugee League Final (20:15-21:30), free play session (21:45-23:00)
Main stage: Capital FM presentation (11:00-12:00), Football Freestylers (12:00-12:45), Barbershop Quartet (12:45-13:00), Kids of Adelaide (14:00-15:15), Ultimate Champions Match public screening (16:00-18:00), Afro Cluster (18:00-18:45), The Dominos (19:15-20:00)

Saturday 3 June: open 11:00-17:00 (no public viewing of final)
Football: FAW Cwpan y Bobl Final Girls U14 (10:00-11:00), FAW Cwpan y Bobl Final Over 40 walking football (11:00-12:00), FAW Cwpan y Bobl Final Senior Male (12:00-13:00), FAW Cwpan Y Bobl Final Senior Female final (13:00-14:00), Gatorade promotion (14:15-16:00), UEFA Social Responsibility – cerebral palsy football (16:00-17:00)
Main stage: Capital FM presentation (11:00-11:45), Fire Fences (11:45-12:30), The Dominos (13:00-13:45), DJ Gaizka Mendieta (14:00-15:00), KONAMI Pro Evolution Soccer Finals (15:00-16:00), DJ Huw Stephens (16:00-17:00)

Sunday 4 June: open 11:00-17:00
Football: FAW activities (tbc)
Main stage: Capital FM presentation (11:00-12:00), 2 Rude (12:00-13:00), We're No Heroes (13:30-14:30), Captain Accident (14:45-15:15), Funk Street (16:00-17:00)