In another historic move in the Pro14 league, the final for the upcoming season will be played for the first time outside a traditional rugby venue with Celtic Park being chosen as the host.
The decision comes after a successful joint bid from Scottish Rugby, Celtic, the City of Glasgow Council and Glasgow Warriors to ensure Scotland get to host their second final in the league since BT Murrayfield Stadium was the venue in the 2015/16 season.
Pro14 CEO Martin Anayi announced the news and expressed confidence on Glasgow being the host.
“Bringing our final to a world-famous stadium like Celtic Park is a truly historic step in the evolution of the Guinness PRO14. Since introducing Destination Final venues in 2015 we have seen the event thrive by making it about fans of rugby and not just the supporters of the two teams competing for the trophy.
“The bid put forward by Scottish Rugby, Celtic FC and the City of Glasgow was compelling from the very beginning and we’re certain that fans across the Guinness PRO14 will share in our excitement. Glasgow has so much to offer in terms of hospitality, culture and heritage and like our previous finals in Dublin, Edinburgh and Belfast we can offer fans so much more than just a rugby experience.
“In the past number of seasons we have made many bold decisions which have transformed the Guinness PRO14 for the better and the choice of Celtic Park as the venue for the 2019 final is yet another signal of our ambition to provide the best club rugby tournament possible for our clubs and our fans.”
With a capacity of over 60,000, Celtic Park is the largest football stadium in Scotland and has also hosted cycling and athletic events.