Uefa, the European soccer confederation, has announced that the Wanda Metropolitano, the new home of top-flight Spanish soccer side Atletico Madrid, has been chosen as the host venue of the 2019 Uefa Champions League final.
The decision was confirmed on Wednesday after being agreed upon at Uefa’s executive committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland. The Olympic Stadium in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, was unsuccessful in its bid for the elite match but will host the final of Uefa's secondary club competition, the Europa League. The 2019 Uefa Women's Champions League final will be played at the Ferencváros Stadium in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, while that year's Uefa Super Cup will take place at Beşiktaş Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.
The 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano's ability to stage the showpiece game had been under scrutiny due to concerns that its facilities do not contain enough hospitality space for sponsors, while it was also pointed out that there is no space for a press entrance inside the stadium. The cost of renting the venue was also considered to be expensive by Uefa.
The Spanish capital will become only the second city after London to have held five or more European Cup finals, and 2019 will mark the first year in which the event has been staged at the home of Atletico. The Wanda Metropolitano was officially opened on Saturday, with a goal from French forward Antoine Griezmann proving enough for the home side to see off Malaga.
The 2019 Uefa Champions League final will take place on 1st June. The 2018 edition, meanwhile, is scheduled to be played on 26th May at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.