Saturday, 3 June 2017

Champions League final: Huge police operation for Cardiff's big game

A massive police and security operation is being deployed across Cardiff as the city prepares for the Champions League Final.
More than 170,000 people are due to visit the Welsh capital on Saturday as Real Madrid face Juventus at the Principality Stadium.

More than 2,000 police officers will be working on the biggest security operation Wales has seen since NATO visited.

"We have a lot of experience in terms of sporting events like rugby and cricket, but this is huge," said Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis, from South Wales Police.

"The whole world will be watching Cardiff.

"This is a sporting event that transcends continents and we will be policing it with a smile on our faces."

It is estimated that fans will spend around £45m over the weekend in Cardiff.

The match will be broadcast live in 200 countries with a global TV audience of 350 million people.
Government minister Ken Skates said: "The real benefit for us comes from the exposure: 1.3 million people will be watching and reading about this final, and that really puts Cardiff on the map as a tourist destination."

SKY    News.