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Jun 15, 2011

Wembley in line to host 2013 UCL final

Wembley Stadium has emerged as the frontrunner to host the 2013 Champions League final, less than a month after the venue showcased the 2011 final between Barcelona and Manchester United.

The host stadium will be named by UEFA in Nyon, Switzerland, on Wednesday and the fact that 2013 marks the Football Association's 150th anniversary has persuaded European football's governing body to consider returning to London.

A senior UEFA source said: "Initially it was suggested that Manchester should be chosen but the success of Wembley last month means it is now very much the favourite.

"There is a feeling that the 2013 final should go to England to mark the FA's 150th anniversary."

Wembley was not just a resounding commercial success for UEFA, it was also very straightforward in terms of organisation.

Unlike most stadiums, there was no need for extra marquees to be erected at Wembley to cater for hospitality events or media, nor were there any issues around having to bring in extra technology.

If Wembley is chosen, then some tickets are likely to be cheaper than for this year's final.

In April, Platini apologised for the high cost of tickets at Wembley and said UEFA would consider introducing a cheaper category for families for future finals.

The cheapest tickets on general sale were priced at £150 plus a £26 administration fee, and the cheapest package for one adult and one child was only available in category two seats costing £338.

Platini said then: "It was a mistake, it was not good. But it is not easy to decide the price of the tickets in the Champions League final.

"Perhaps in the future we have to have another category for families that is less expensive. But if you put those on the black market how much will they cost?"

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