- Title: Camp Cardiff opens its doors for Champions League final
- Date: 1st June 2017
- Summary: CARDIFF, WALES, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 1, 2017) (REUTERS) VIEW OF CAMP CARDIFF IN PONTCANNA FIELDS PAN FROM RIGHT TO LEFT SHOWING TENTS LARGE MARQUEE TEE-PEE IN THE VIP SECTION EXTERIOR OF A TENT VIEW OF TENTS / VIEW OF SNOOZY PODS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAMPING NINJA CO-FOUNDER, RHIAN EVANS, SAYING: "Well the Football Association of Wales who are organising the Champions League final with UEFA approached us about a year ago asking us to provide some extra accommodation by way of a fan village as there's currently not enough accommodation in Cardiff for this size of event." EXTERIOR OF A SNOOZY POD BED IN A SNOOZY POD ROOF OF SNOOZY POD / BED IN SNOOZY POD (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAMPING NINJA CO-FOUNDER, RHIAN EVANS, SAYING: "Well obviously somewhere to stay. So it ranges from two-man tents with your air beds, sleeping bags and pillows right up to some of our hotel snoozy pods and luxury bell tents where you get a few more luxuries and your own exclusive facilities as well." MOTHER CARRYING DAUGHTER ON HER BACK AS THEY WALK THROUGH THE CAMP VIEW OF CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAMPING NINJA CO-FOUNDER, RHIAN EVANS, SAYING: "It's super easy. It's literally an 18-minute walk straight to the stadium down one road but also we're in the middle of Cardiff in the middle of some beautiful fields." VIEW OF CAMP / VIEW OF SNOOZY PODS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAMPING NINJA CO-FOUNDER, RHIAN EVANS, SAYING: "It's a bit different. We've not done a football event before. We did the Olympics before in 2012. We looked after 12,000 people there and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 which was more like 8,000 so for us it's actually a bit smaller but it's really great to have such an international crowd coming and being part of a big, global football event." TWO WOMEN ON GRASS AT CAMP PEOPLE IN THE CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAMPING NINJA CO-FOUNDER, RHIAN EVANS, SAYING: "Yes. working with the council has been fantastic. They've been really, really accommodating and Cardiff is a great city. We're slightly disappointed with the numbers that have booked because we were anticipating more but we're up to about 1,000 people who are going to be staying with us so it will still be a great atmosphere." SUN / TENTS POSTING, READING "316-346" VARIOUS OF TENTS IN CAMP TAG ON TENT, READING: "345" VIEW OF THE NATIONAL STADIUM OF WALES VIEW OF THE NATIONAL STADIUM OF WALES / TENTS IN THE CAMP EXTERIOR OF TENT / INTERIOR OF TENT GUESTS ARRIVING AT THE CAMP VIEW OF TENTS PULL FOCUS SHOT FROM DANDELION TO TENT PEG SIGNS INDICATING DRINKING WATER VARIOUS OF DRINKING WATER TAPS VARIOUS OF SIGNS INDICATING MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TOILETS EXTERIOR OF TOILETS SIGN, READING: "SHOWERS" EXTERIOR OF SHOWERS VARIOUS INTERIORS OF SHOWERS
- Embargoed: 15th June 2017 20:29
- Keywords: tents camp Real Madrid Juventus final Champions League Cardiff
- Location: CARDIFF, WALES, UK
- City: CARDIFF, WALES, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JG78SF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Cardiff will host the Champions League final on Saturday (June 3) when Real Madrid face Juventus at the National Stadium of Wales.
Up to 170,000 people are expected to visit the Welsh capital - a city which only has 4,000 hotel rooms - and an accommodation shortage has been of concern for the organisers of the final - the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and UEFA.
A year ago the FAW approached a company - Camping Ninja - to setup a site in the city's Pontcanna Fields; around a 20-minute walk from the stadium.
The camp can accommodate up to 5,000 people and compared with some hotel prices is reasonably priced for fans travelling from Italy or Spain who have only had a few weeks to plan their trip since their teams reached the final.
One hotel in Swansea was reportedly charging 4,500gbp per room per night and other outlets like AirB&B have been asking for anything up to 6,500gbp per night for a six bedroom house.
Co-founder of Camping Ninja, Rhian Evans said their site offered a great alternative for people looking to visit the Welsh capital but admitted sales have been poor so far with only around 1,000 people confirmed (as of June 1) to stay in Pontcanna Fields over the weekend.
The match on Saturday kicks off at 1845GMT.
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