WEMBLEY TO HOST 2013 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Wembley Stadium has been chosen to host the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.

The decision was announced at a UEFA press conference following an executive committee meeting and follows the success of last month’s Champions League Final at Wembley between Barcelona and Manchester United Football Club.

Wembley Stadium chairman Melvin Benn said: “It is an honour that Wembley has been chosen by UEFA to host the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. It was always our aim to deliver the best ever Champions League Final in May to maximise our chances of getting it back.

"The fact that this announcement has come so soon after the success of the 2011 final shows just how impressed UEFA was with our stadium and with our team," he said. "Wembley is a world class stadium and was built to stage the very biggest and best events. We will now look forward to working with UEFA and putting on a spectacular final in 2013."

This will be the venue’s seventh European Cup Final after hosting the event in 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1992 and most recently in May of 2011. It is also the first time the same stadium will stage the showpiece final twice in three seasons.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "I am truly delighted that London will once again welcome Europe's footballing giants in 2013. There couldn't be a better fit. We are home to some of the very best of Europe's clubs, grounds and players. This is the contest of contests; and just a year after the Olympics, this couldn't be better."

Previously the record for the shortest gap at the same venue was four years – a record shared by the Prater Stadium in Vienna which hosted the final in 1987 and 1990 and Wembley for hosting the final in 1968 and 1971.

Posted on 16/06/2011