Uefa, the governing body for European football, has reportedly held talks with Principality Stadium officials over the closure of the ground’s roof for this season’s Champions League final.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is due to host the final of Uefa’s showpiece club competition on June 3 and the organisation is said to have requested that the facility’s roof be shut amid fears that a drone could be flown into the ground.
The Sun newspaper reports that Uefa sees the 74,500-capacity venue, formerly known as the Millennium Stadium, as a potential target for terrorist attacks and has asked the roof to be shut as a precaution.
A source familiar with the matter told The Sun: “Security will be massive. Now they are proposing closing the roof as they fear terrorists with drones. What happens next? Will all Champions League finals have to be played under a roof in June?”
The report comes after Borussia Dortmund’s team bus was last week hit by an explosion ahead of the Champions League quarter-final first leg match against AS Monaco. The attack left Dortmund defender Marc Bartra with a broken wrist and security at upcoming Champions League games is set to be tighter than ever.
June’s final will mark the first time the Champions League has concluded in Wales. The Cardiff City Stadium is scheduled to stage the women’s Champions League final two days earlier.