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Girona cleared to play Champions League matches at Montilivi

Featured image credit: Jmsolerb/CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED/Edited for size

Featured image credit: Jmsolerb/CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED/Edited for size

LaLiga football club Girona has received approval from UEFA to play Champions League matches at the Estadi Montilivi next season after commitments were made to upgrade the stadium.

Girona will compete in the Champions League for the first time ever next season, with the club assured of a top-four finish in LaLiga with three matches of the 2023-24 campaign remaining.

The Montilivi has a capacity of around 14,600 and there have been question marks over whether the stadium would be capable of hosting Champions League matches.

Girona has now confirmed that UEFA has accepted proposals put forward by the club to significantly invest in the stadium to ensure it meets the necessary requirements for UEFA competitions.

The 14,600 capacity includes the stadium’s temporary stands, but these are not permitted in UEFA competitions. As a result, the maximum capacity for Champions League matches at the venue will be just 9,500.

Girona said it will announce details of its ticket sales process for Champions League matches in due course, taking into account the reduction in capacity. The club has not specified the nature of the upgrades that will be carried out at the Montilivi to bring it up to UEFA standards.

Girona is currently second in LaLiga with three matches of the season remaining, although Real Madrid has already won the league. Girona secured Champions League qualification earlier this month with a 4-2 win over Barcelona.