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Champions Village

PostPosted: May 15th, 2011, 4:07 pm
by brummie-leinster-man
Just saw this on ERC's website:

http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/news/14421.php

A unique weekend of European club rugby in the Welsh capital kicks off next Friday with the Amlin Challenge Cup final between Harlequins and Stade Francais Paris at Cardiff City Stadium (7.45).

Fans will have the opportunity of watching world-class players such as Sergio Parisse and Nick Evans in action as the two clubs battle for European silverware and for a coveted place in next season's Heineken Cup.

Events next Saturday, which culminate in the Heineken Cup final clash of Leinster and Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium (5.00), will get under way at midday with the arrival of the trophy by helicopter into Cardiff Bay where a symbolic handover by Raphael Ibanez, representing Paris 2010, to Ieuan Evans, representing Cardiff 2011, will take place.

At the same time, fans can gather at the European Champions Village at Cardiff Arms Park to await the trophy which will travel on an open-top bus through the city accompanied by former Heineken Cup winners Ibanez and Evans.

The European Champions Village will offer fans photo opportunities with the trophy, the chance to meet high-profile players such as Leigh Halfpenny, James Hook, Lee Byrne and Alun-Wyn Jones, Sky Sports pundits, as well as live music, a Heineken bar, big screen entertainment, interactive games, official Heineken Cup final adidas merchandise and a Taste of Wales.

Once the European Champions Village closes at 4.00pm, fans are advised to take their seats in the Millennium Stadium to experience pre-match entertainment which will feature a choreographed show representing the tournament's participating clubs and a spectacular reveal of the Heineken Cup trophy.

The post-match presentations will take place under the stadium's closed roof and following celebrations by the 2011 Heineken Cup champions, fans can continue their own celebrations by returning to the European Champions Village which re-opens at 7.00pm.

Enjoy an unforgettable weekend of European club rugby!

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 15th, 2011, 5:41 pm
by Scrumdog
Was thinking about going to that pre match. Post match is anybobys guess. Nice to see ERC making an effort. Was at the final in Paris last year and you wouldn`t even know there was a game on. Roll on Cardiff.

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 17th, 2011, 7:03 pm
by Satan's Little Helper
most people should aim to meet here... the atmosphere will be brilliant.. and at least noone will have excuses for being late into the stadium

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 18th, 2011, 6:06 pm
by Leinsterman
Looks like a good option for the afternoon.

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 18th, 2011, 6:51 pm
by brummie-leinster-man
We're there! Should be a few good photo opportunities I reckon. I just hope you can stroll in there with a can in your hand :P

EDIT: Actually, reading it again gets me thinking you do get quite a bit for your ticket price. Fair play :happy clapper:

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 18th, 2011, 6:55 pm
by Xanthippe
Apparently Dr. Phil has been added to the list of attendees - defo going to be there now

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 18th, 2011, 8:50 pm
by leinster80
Actually sounds pretty good fair!!

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 19th, 2011, 2:38 pm
by skercrow
Scrumdog wrote:Was thinking about going to that pre match. Post match is anybobys guess. Nice to see ERC making an effort. Was at the final in Paris last year and you wouldn`t even know there was a game on. Roll on Cardiff.


Agreed was in Paris last year. ERC put no effort in. Good Atmosphere around Gard Du Nord after the game but as said before you would not know the Heineken Cup Final was on. I suppose that is the problem with hosting games in large cities the crowd disperses into the city the athmosphere fizzles out.

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 23rd, 2011, 1:41 pm
by bilco
This was a joke about 90 minutes before kickoff ..... One bar and a 40 minute Queue for a drink.

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 23rd, 2011, 1:45 pm
by Mackman15
bilco wrote:This was a joke about 90 minutes before kickoff ..... One bar and a 40 minute Queue for a drink.


Can't disagree with that, truly hopless set up. They were over run at 1:15 when there was 10-15% of the crowd there.
We buggered of to the bar in Cardiff RFC which was slow but only normal UK slow.

Could have done with three times the number of taps if not more. Can never understand the logic, WE WANT TO BUY YOUR FO*CKIN PRODUCT !!!! provide the facilities.

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 23rd, 2011, 2:27 pm
by Logorrhea
Aside from the bar which offered about four taps for a rugby field full of people (seriously), it was great to get to hold the trophy and meet Philipe.

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 23rd, 2011, 2:56 pm
by Slipper1
bilco wrote:This was a joke about 90 minutes before kickoff ..... One bar and a 40 minute Queue for a drink.


Yep, echo those sentiments. same as Edinburgh 2009 - you would have thought that the ERC along with ther partners Heineken would be able to run a piss up on a rugby pitch but obviously not.

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 23rd, 2011, 9:03 pm
by osh
Slipper1 wrote:
bilco wrote:This was a joke about 90 minutes before kickoff ..... One bar and a 40 minute Queue for a drink.


Yep, echo those sentiments. same as Edinburgh 2009 - you would have thought that the ERC along with ther partners Heineken would be able to run a piss up on a rugby pitch but obviously not.


More fool you guys for going there. For all the many pubs to drink in and all the good things happening in Cardiff, there's always someone who will find something to whinge about, congrats to you both !

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 23rd, 2011, 9:33 pm
by Skinfull
Sheesh! Give over!

I was in the village too and though the beer was an issue the atmosphere was amazing! Way better than any of the MANY bars I had been in before getting to the village! Also beer issue was solved with a quick trip to tesco. :D

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 24th, 2011, 10:36 am
by waterboy
osh wrote:
Slipper1 wrote:
bilco wrote:This was a joke about 90 minutes before kickoff ..... One bar and a 40 minute Queue for a drink.


Yep, echo those sentiments. same as Edinburgh 2009 - you would have thought that the ERC along with ther partners Heineken would be able to run a piss up on a rugby pitch but obviously not.


More fool you guys for going there. For all the many pubs to drink in and all the good things happening in Cardiff, there's always someone who will find something to whinge about, congrats to you both !


Busy in the Cardiff tourist office this morning is it!! Maybe you can grow a thicker skin and not take personal offense anytime someone has the audacity to say something that isn't raving about the weekend in Cardiff

Surely the Tournament organisers and one of the biggest Brewing companies in the world would figure out how to serve more than a pint a minute after marketing and pushing the Fanzone in the build up to the match. Like a lot of people we had one beer there and then adjourned to the cardiff clubhouse. The barstaff in the Fanzone seemed genuinely shocked when people ordered a Heineken!!

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 24th, 2011, 12:28 pm
by Sea_point
waterboy wrote:
osh wrote:
Slipper1 wrote:[quote="bilco"This was a joke about 90 minutes before kickoff ..... One bar and a 40 minute Queue for a drink.[/quoteYep, echo those sentiments. same as Edinburgh 2009 - you would have thought that the ERC along with ther partners Heineken would be able to run a piss up on a rugby pitch but obviously not.


More fool you guys for going there. For all the many pubs to drink in and all the good things happening in Cardiff, there's always someone who will find something to whinge about, congrats to you both !


Busy in the Cardiff tourist office this morning is it!! Maybe you can grow a thicker skin and not take personal offense anytime someone has the audacity to say something that isn't raving about the weekend in Cardiff

Surely the Tournament organisers and one of the biggest Brewing companies in the world would figure out how to serve more than a pint a minute after marketing and pushing the Fanzone in the build up to the match. Like a lot of people we had one beer there and then adjourned to the cardiff clubhouse. The barstaff in the Fanzone seemed genuinely shocked when people ordered a Heineken!!


Don't even get started about their efforts in the Stadium, they insist on installing all their own equipment in the stadium bars and then it doesn't work (again - and it''s the same cr@p every year). This is not some small brewery we're talking about they describe themselves as "The UK's Largest Beer and Cider Business" and has 54,000 employeees worldwide....

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 24th, 2011, 2:04 pm
by osh
More fool you guys for going there. For all the many pubs to drink in and all the good things happening in Cardiff, there's always someone who will find something to whinge about, congrats to you both ![/quote]

Busy in the Cardiff tourist office this morning is it!! Maybe you can grow a thicker skin and not take personal offense anytime someone has the audacity to say something that isn't raving about the weekend in Cardiff

Surely the Tournament organisers and one of the biggest Brewing companies in the world would figure out how to serve more than a pint a minute after marketing and pushing the Fanzone in the build up to the match. Like a lot of people we had one beer there and then adjourned to the cardiff clubhouse. The barstaff in the Fanzone seemed genuinely shocked when people ordered a Heineken!![/quote]


Don't worry about how thick my skin is, if I were you I'd be more concerned as to how thick your head is! There were many on here saying how bad it has been in previous years, and despite that, what do you do, yeh go to the Champions Village !
I, like many others, posted good advice relating to accommodation and pubs/bars etc, so you had a choice to make, you chose badly that's all. I certainly am not looking for any kudos here, but your sarcasm at my comments needed to be answered, perhaps you'll avoid the Heineken areas in future eh?

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 24th, 2011, 3:29 pm
by waterboy
osh wrote:Don't worry about how thick my skin is, if I were you I'd be more concerned as to how thick your head is! There were many on here saying how bad it has been in previous years, and despite that, what do you do, yeh go to the Champions Village !
I, like many others, posted good advice relating to accommodation and pubs/bars etc, so you had a choice to make, you chose badly that's all. I certainly am not looking for any kudos here, but your sarcasm at my comments needed to be answered, perhaps you'll avoid the Heineken areas in future eh?


How could people have been saying how bad the Champions Village was in previous years, when this year was the first time there was a Champions Village? Thousands of people decided to try it out and see what it was like, whats wrong with that? The atmosphere in Arms Park was fantastic, Heineken just fupped up their bar service (like they did inside the ground at Murrayfield). To be honest if they have champions village again at a final I'm at I'd go again, but just bring some beers in with me, like a poster above said they did.

Build a bridge and get over it, you're getting all offended because some multinational who sponsor a tournament lost some business and some of the pubs in the area were a bit less jammed for people who stayed in them instead of trying out the village. No-one is saying they slept with your sister and then stole your dog on the way out the door

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 24th, 2011, 4:08 pm
by osh
Water boy, looking at the content of your reply, I'd be more worried that you'd be the type to shag the dog tbh. :D Anyway, glad you enjoyed the rest of the trip with the result making up for any disappointing aspects of your visit.

Re: Champions Village

PostPosted: May 25th, 2011, 9:20 am
by sarah_lennon
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