Park Avenue to host Champions League football in July | New
Park Avenue in Aberystwyth Town will host Connah’s Quay Nomads’ UEFA Champions League first qualifying round, as well as a subsequent UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round in July.
Following a site visit in May by UEFA stadium inspector Scott Struthers of Hamilton Academical in Scotland, Park Avenue has been designated as a UEFA Category 2 stadium, pending certain improvements to the The infrastructure, including the installation of 400 seats between the Dias stand and the gantry, and this work will begin immediately.
Only two Cymru Premier pitches are rated in Category 2, Park Avenue and the TNS Park pitch, and a major obstacle to status was overcome when the Aber Town 3G pitch received FIFA Quality Pro status in September 2020.
Club Secretary Thomas Crockett said: “We are delighted and honored to offer Park Avenue to our friends at Connah’s Quay for their first two European matches this season.
“Hosting Champions League football in particular is a major blow for the club, and that in itself will fund improvements on the ground that will allow Park Avenue to host European matches for years to come.
“We extend our thanks to Scott Struthers and Andrew Howard and Steve Jones of the FAW, who have been very supportive of our efforts to bring Park Avenue Stadium up to standard.”
The matches will be played on two dates in the middle of the week in July, which will be decided by the draw which will be broadcast live on uefa.com on Tuesday June 15th at 11am.
Potential visitors to the Ceredigion coast include European powers Dinamo Zagreb from Croatia, Ludogorets Razgrad from Bulgaria and Polish champions Legia Warsaw.
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