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The 2016 European Rugby Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals featuring the cream of European professional club rugby are being played in Lyon in May.
Both showpiece matches will be staged at the brand new 59,000-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon with the Challenge Cup final going ahead on Friday, 13 May (21.00) and the Champions Cup scheduled for Saturday, 14 May (17.45).
Tickets for the finals are on sale and as demand has been high for one of Europe's most prestigious sporting weekends, fans are advised to purchase without delay.
See below for more pictures of the Grand Stade.
2016 will mark the fourth occasion that France has hosted European club rugby's most prestigious final. Bath Rugby were the winners in Bordeaux in 1998, then it was the turn of Leicester Tigers in 2001 at the Parc des Princes, before Toulouse won the title at the Stade de France in 2010.
The Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup finals will be the first major rugby occasions staged at the state-of-the-art Grand Stade de Lyon which will also be one of the venues for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals hosting six games including a semi-final.
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The second-biggest agglomeration in France is famous for its 2,000 years of history (once Lugdunum, capital of the Gauls), its cultural events and its fine dining. UNESCO has recognised the exceptional nature of Lyon by listing it as a World Heritage site.
The must-see places in Lyon are Fourvière Hill with Roman theatres and the Basilica, the Parc de la Tête d'Or with its zoo, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, and the Musée des Confluences. But the city has many more museums, monuments, theatres as well as an opera and numerous high-quality restaurants.
For more information, visit the Lyon Tourist Office website in English www.en.lyon-france.com/Discover-Lyon