Lyon will be the epicentre of European rugby this weekend as almost 90,000 fans are set to flock to the French city for the 2016 Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals.
A 59,000 full house is expected for Saturday's Champions Cup decider between Racing 92 and Saracens at the magnificent Grand Stade in the Parc Olympique Lyonnais while over 28,000 spectators will be on hand for tomorrow evening's Challenge Cup final between Harlequins and Montpellier at the same venue.
The Challenge Cup final attendance will be the third highest in the 20-year history of the tournament.
With EPCR's broadcast partners, France Télévisions, beIN Sports, BT Sport and Sky Sports providing live coverage of both finals, viewers in over 150 countries will have the opportunity to watch stars of the world game such as Dan Carter, Billy Vunipola, Jamie Roberts, Juan Imhoff, Maro Itoje, Chris Masoe and Pierre Spies in their quest for silverware.
Players from as many as 12 nations will be involved in the two showpiece matches which will see Harlequins chasing a record fourth Challenge Cup title, as well as a coveted place in next season's Champions Cup, while Montpellier, Racing 92 and Saracens are aiming for a first major European trophy.
EPCR Director General, Vincent Gaillard, said: "With a big attendance expected for the Challenge Cup final and with an anticipated full house for the Champions Cup final, we are looking forward to a superb festival of rugby in Lyon.
"It's a testament to the success and growth of the tournaments that so many fans are travelling from all over Europe to experience the finals, and we wish everyone a most enjoyable weekend.”
The Heineken Man of the Match award will be presented immediately after both matches, and in addition, 15 top players from both tournaments are in the running for the prestigious EPCR European Player of the Year award presented by Turkish Airlines, and when the votes of an expert panel of judges are combined with the supporters' verdict, the 2016 winner will be announced following this weekend's finals.
Off the pitch, the Village Rugby is situated in the Confluence quarter of Lyon and will be a hive of activity for fans of all ages over the coming days. Open to the public tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, the Village is a 100% rugby experience with information and skills games both for the initiated and newcomers to the sport.
Tomorrow – 2016 Challenge Cup final
Harlequins v Montpellier
Grand Stade de Lyon – 8pm (UK time)
Saturday – 2016 Champions Cup final
Racing 92 v Saracens
Grand Stade de Lyon – 4.45pm (UK time)