- Twickenham and Twickenham Stoop to host European finals in 2015
- "We're delighted to have been chosen" – Ian Ritchie
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The new-look European Rugby Champions Cup final will be held at Twickenham on Saturday May 2, 2015 to conclude its inaugural campaign.
Having set an attendance record in 2012 when 81,774 fans watched Leinster Rugby beat Ulster Rugby 42-14, the 82,000-capacity Home of England Rugby will host its fifth European final.
Next year's showpiece comes as the culmination of the 20th year of European club competition and, ensuring both finals are staged in the same city, the European Challenge Cup decider will go ahead at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, May 1.
The atmospheric Twickenham Stoop will also be hosting a European final for the fifth time when the Challenge Cup kicks off the exciting weekend next May. On the last occasion The Stoop staged a Challenge Cup decider, Biarritz Olympique defeated Jonny Wilkinson's RC Toulon in 2012.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) was awarded both historic fixtures by the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) board following a competitive tender process which was open to the six countries that provide the clubs for the Aviva Premiership, the Top 14 and Guinness PRO12 competitions. The RFU's successful bid will guarantee the best possible financial return to the clubs.
Tickets for the two finals which will showcase the best of European professional club rugby will go on public sale from Monday, 18 August, while previous purchasers of European finals tickets and epcrugby.com ezine subscribers will be eligible to buy Golden Tickets which cover both games from today (Tuesday, 12 August).
EPCR Director and Executive Committee member, Bruce Craig, said: "In the inaugural season of the tournaments, the Board of EPCR took the view that fairest and the most commercially-sound approach was to award the finals based on a competitive tender process.
"The RFU's bid was extremely strong and the fact that we are going to London for the 2015 finals is hugely positive for European club rugby. Twickenham Stadium and the Twickenham Stoop tick every box for fans."
RFU Chief Executive, Ian Ritchie, added: "We are delighted to have been chosen as host for EPCR's inaugural finals. This is a particularly exciting time for European club rugby as we move into a new era, and we see both games as constituting one marvellous event which will bring tens of thousands of supporters from across Europe into London and Twickenham."
David Ellis, Harlequins Chief Executive, said: "We're really pleased to be hosting the inaugural final of this competition in conjunction with EPCR and the RFU. We are determined to make this event the best yet and look forward to welcoming the finalists next May."
London 2015 European finals
- European Rugby Challenge Cup - Twickenham Stoop; Friday, 1 May 2015 (7.45)
- European Rugby Champions Cup - Twickenham Stadium; Saturday, 2 May 2015 (5.00)
Ticket prices (full details on epcrugby.com)
- Golden Tickets: Category D £50; Category C £75; Category B £99; Category A £115
- European Rugby Champions Cup: Category D £38; Category C £48; Category B £64; Category A £80
- European Rugby Challenge Cup: Category D £20; Category C £35; Category B £40; Category A £45