Champions Cup Provides £35m Boost To Newcastle Economy

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13 May 2019

Newcastle is celebrating a £35m (€40m) boost to the local economy and an enhanced reputation as a sports destination after hosting the finals weekend for the biggest tournament in European rugby union.

Over 100,000 fans and visitors flocked to Newcastle for the European Rugby Challenge and Heineken Champions Cup finals which took place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th at St James’ Park.

The two matches played out in front of packed crowds in St James’ Park with a UK record 28,438 watching Clermont Auvergne triumph over La Rochelle during Friday’s Challenge Cup final.

A full house of 51,930 packed St James’ Park to see heavyweight teams Saracens and Leinster battle over the Heineken Champions Cup.

To help create a carnival atmosphere the Champions Fan Village was created on the Quayside along with a food, drink and craft market running along Blackett Street and Spectator Plaza outside the stadium.

The 2019 Finals Weekend was delivered by a host of partners, including tournament governing body European Professional Club Rugby Ltd (ECPR) who selected Newcastle to host the prestigious event.

A partnership between Newcastle City Council, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle United FC came together to deliver the event, working alongside other partners such as Northumbria Police and NE1.

Event director Mick Hogan said: “Once again Newcastle has delivered an incredible rugby event played out to a worldwide audience.

“The feedback from supporters, broadcasters, EPCR, the four teams and the local residents has been unbelievably positive.

“It took over two

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