New Tottenham stadium to stage rugby cup finals in 2021

Opening night at the stadium © Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham will host the finals of rugby union’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in 2021.

The 62,000-seater Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has fought off bids from the London Stadium, home to Premier League rival West Ham, and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to host the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in two years.

Spurs always intended their £1billion home to be used by multiple sports events as it is equipped with a state-of-the-art retractable artificial pitch.

The club has an agreement in place to host a number of NFL matches, while last month Saracens agreed to a five-year deal to play their annual showpiece Premiership match therefrom 2020.

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It is now believed the stadium will also stage the finals of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, European rugby’s two premier club competitions.

An official announcement is expected this month. Newcastle United’s St James’ Park will this weekend host Saracens v Leinster in the Champions Cup and Clermont v La Rochelle in the Challenge Cup.

By 2021 the venue will have hosted several rugby matches, as Spurs also have a five-year agreement in place with Gallagher Premiership side Saracens which will see the union side play an annual showpiece fixture at the.

The stadium lays claim to a retractable pitch which gives way to a National Football League (NFL) standard pitch. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was designed to be the NFL’s home away from home for its International Series.

France is the venue for the 2020 finals, with the game’s taking place at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome.

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