Two-time European Cup winner Bryan Habana believes that the Stade de Marseille, host venue for the 2020 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals, will provide a fantastic platform for Europe’s elite club competition, as well as an exciting fan experience.
The French city takes over the reins after a successful European Finals Weekend in Newcastle, where the 2019 Challenge Cup final was watched by a record UK crowd in the competition and the Heineken Champions Cup final was played out in front of a sell-out crowd at St James’ Park.
And the Channel 4 pundit reckons that the 67,394-seater arena, France’s second largest stadium, will be a fantastic host venue for 2020 European Finals Weekend.
“Next year we see the Heineken Champions Cup final move to the south of France to Marseille and the Stade de Marseille, where I have had the privilege of playing many times,” said the former South Africa and RC Toulon wing.
“I remember my first game there, back in 2007, when we had a pretty intense quarter-final clash against Fiji for South Africa in the Rugby World Cup and at 20-20 it could have gone either way. Thankfully, we won that day.
“The Stade de Marseille has been a stadium which has meant a lot to me. Playing for RC Toulon, we had some fantastic games there.
“One memorable moment for me was scoring that intercept try in the 2015 semi-final at that stadium.
“It is such an all-encompassing stadium, which has now been revamped, and it makes the crowd sit right on top of the field, which is absolutely excellent as a player.”
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Habana also feels that the city of Marseille will provide a brilliant atmosphere and opportunity for fans to experience French culture.
“There is going to be some beautiful weather at the end of May or early June in the south of France, which will make for some fantastic running rugby,” he added.
“It will also give many fans the opportunity to sample the amazing French way of life too. The culinary experience is not just something to excite the players, but also the travelling supporters.”
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