The 2024 editions of rugby union's top-tier Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup continental competition finals will be staged at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), the organizer of the continent’s top rugby club competitions, announced today (April 25) that the finals will take place on May 24 and 25 next year.

The two flagship events are traditionally held in the same city and over the same weekend each year in May. Last year’s finals were staged at the Vélodrome in Marseille, France, while Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will host the upcoming 2022-23 finals on May 19 and 20.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, home of the English Premier League soccer club, was initially chosen to stage the finals this year. However, they were moved to the Aviva Stadium due to the 2022-23 season of English soccer's top tier running later than usual due to a mid-season break to accommodate the men’s FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

It is the second time the finals have been moved away from the stadium, with the 63,000-seat venue initially chosen to stage the 2021 finals and Marseille hosting the 2020 matches. However, due to the pandemic, the two sets of hosting rights were pushed back to 2021 and 2022, respectively.

The 2021 finals were eventually staged at Twickenham Stadium in England due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in France that year.

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Several rugby fixtures have been previously staged at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, including two matches of English rugby union top-tier side Saracens and a Barbarian FC vs. All Blacks XV match.

Dominic McKay, EPCR chairman, said: “The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is one of the most exciting venues in the world and an incredibly appropriate stage for next year’s showpiece finals weekend. We know clubs, fans, broadcasters, partners, and all involved will thoroughly enjoy the experience.”

“The EPCR finals weekend is a huge event in the rugby calendar. Over 110,000 people attended the matches in Marseille last season and following strong advance ticket sales, we are looking forward to another big attendance next month at the Dublin finals at the Aviva Stadium.”

Todd Kline, Tottenham's chief commercial officer, added: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing more world-class sporting events to N17, enhancing the club’s ability to continue to invest in our football activities.

“With thousands set to descend on our neighborhood from all over Europe and beyond for the EPCR finals weekend in 2024, this also represents another huge moment for the area of Tottenham, delivering a further boost to our local economy.”

EPCR recently launched the bidding process for hosting rights for the 2025 and 2026 editions of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals.

The organization will run the process in partnership with The Sports Consultancy, the UK-based strategic sports marketing agency. Interested hosts have been asked to submit their expressions of interest by April 28, with EPCR aiming to conclude the process by the end of the year.

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