Earlier this week, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin suggested that the Champions League final could possibly be played outside of Europe. I believe that this is something that could work and could potentially be the start of something new.
In his first major interview since succeeding Michel Platini, Aleksander Ceferin stated that he is open to the idea of playing the final outside of Europe. One suggestion he made was playing the final in New York. In my opinion, I think that would be a fantastic decision, but there are many obstacles to overcome.
New York City is considered one of the greatest cities in the world, everything about it is amazing, trust me! It has hosted the Confederations Cup as well the Super Bowl in the amazing MetLife Stadium, which can hold more than 80,000 fans. Compare the stadiums in America to Europe, it’s pretty much one sided as the infrastructure over in America is beyond excellent. Hosting a final in New York would grab a lot of attention. Viewership would be high, both in the UK and the US, if UEFA manage to correct all the necessary details.
Of course holding the UEFA Champions League final abroad has been met with some criticism as well as obstacles. The time difference would be a huge factor seeing as the UK are 5 hours behind. Therefore we could be seeing a mid-afternoon game. Pricing is also another issue as tickets to New York, or even anywhere in the States is quite expensive.
But why should Europe’s elite competition be played outside of Europe? It wouldn’t make sense for it to be played anywhere apart from Europe. The idea isn’t completely dead yet, but it could prove to be impossible. You would need to get the ok from teams that participate in the Champions League as well as input from fans.
I would personally like to see UEFA take a gamble and see how it plays out, doing so could lead to bigger and better things in the future.