Marc Diaper works for Coffi Co coffeehouse in Cardiff Bay. They have been viewing the pitch being assembled all day.
While there is generally a football pitch constructed as a part of the festival, this particular one is the first floating pitch that has been created. On Friday, June 2, it will hold the Ultimate Champions Match showcasing footballing legends.
In totality, it is expected 200 different blocks will comprise the principal framework, which will be connected to the wall in a similar style to a pontoon. The 3G pitch will be laid on top, with net around the side.
Throughout the festival, the pitch will also hold community venture, including walking football, refugee teams from the principal cities in South Wales , a deaf football friendly international, learning disability and youth age groups matches.
Work started the pitch commenced this week and it is anticipated to last three days. Lorries are bringing substantial portions of the base into the Bay and afterwards a crane is moving them into place. The components are then being attached together in the water.
The free festival is available to all and is anticipated to attract 200,000 guests over the four days. Other aspect of the festival consist of a gallery built within the Wales Millennium Centre, workshops, a virtual field and stands and stalls. Fans will also have the ability to have their photos taken along with the trophy free of charge.
“There’s going to so many people down here for the festival as well as staff and the huge police presence. We’re really excited that we can see it coming together now. It feels like it’s real now. Until now it’s all been speculation, but it’s really nice to watch it going up”.
The festival will close up at 5pm on Saturday, June 3 and resume again the day after the final.
The floating football pitch is being installed Cardiff Bay as an aspect of the Champions League festival, and will be available between 1st of June to the 4th of June 2017