Hyde Park to host UEFA Champions Festival in May

London is to host a eight-day UEFA Champions Festival in Hyde Park ahead of May's Champions League final at Wembley.

UEFA Champions Festival launched ahead of May Wembley final
UEFA Champions Festival launched ahead of May Wembley final

Both the men and women’s Champions League finals travel around Europe to a new destination each year and London is to celebrate its turn by creating the football-related festival along with UEFA sponsors Sony, Playstation and Ford.

"We are home to footballing giants and this is the contest of Europe's best. Londoners are incredibly passionate about football, not least because our capital contains some of the best clubs in Europe," said London mayor Boris Johnson.

"So with our enviable pedigree in running top notch sporting occasions, and our passion for the beautiful game, there can be no better city to host the UEFA Champions League finals; all eyes will be on Craven Cottage (host of the women’s final) and Wembley and rightly so."

The festival site will consist of live football areas, five-a-side tournaments and masterclasses, alongside a range of entertainment and bars, plus a dedicated UEFA travelling museum.

The official ticket ballot was also announced today (17 February), but has already raised heckles with a minimum price of £150 which some see as prohibitive.

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