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People in Cardiff are renting out their homes for HUGE sums of money for Champions League final
It's less than one month until one of the biggest sporting events on the planet is held in Cardiff.
The Champions League final takes place in the city on Saturday, June 3. It will be between Italian side Juventus and Spanish side, Real Madrid.
Hotels in the city have long been sold out. But that doesn't mean travelling fans can't find a room.
But they'll need to be willing to fork out serious money. People in Cardiff are listing their homes on Airbnb for way above the average charge for a night in the capital of Wales.
Here are some of the ones we found.
1. "Heart of the city centre spacious two-bed apartment" (city centre)
£1,750 a night
This is described as "a spacious, light and modern apartment right in the heart of Cardiff's city center". The apartment is above the St Davids shopping centre.
2. "Modern flat five minutes walk from the stadium" (Riverside)
This first-floor apartment is close to the city centre. The listing says "three people can comfortably sleep there and an extra mattress can be provided for a fourth person". The flat has a separate shower room and toilet and plenty of storage.
3. "Two double bedroom house close to Cardiff centre" (Splott)
This house has a living room with flat screen, sofa, superfast wifi, a dining room, fully equipped kitchen, large family bathroom and two double bedrooms with flatscreens.
The hosts say: "The house will be 'hotel' standard for guests, all possessions removed, clean towels provided, tea/coffee making facilities We can also provide a sofa bed if needed for extra guests."
4."Stadium view luxury apartment" (city centre)
The listing says: "Based right in the city centre and a 10 minute walk from the stadium. Great if you are watching the game and then experiencing all Cardiff has to offer."
5. "Perfect Champions League Stay" (International Sports Village)
It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open kitchen and living area and is three miles away from the Principality Stadium.
6. "Beautiful apartment near Cardiff Bay and Centre" (Atlantic Wharf)
This one bedroom apartment has a large terrace overlooking Bute Dock. The listing says: "This beautiful and newly renovated apartment is ideal for those who wish to explore Cardiff city centre or Cardiff Bay."
7. "Champions League Final" (Pontcanna)
The listing says it's a 10 minute walk from the stadium. It has one double bedroom and a large lounge with a double blow up mattress.It goes on to say it could "easily sleep four, five if someone is happy to sleep on couch. All bedding, towels etc provided."
8. "Accommodation for Champions League" (by Roath Park)
Two large bedrooms in a shared house rooms have double beds.
9. "Entire flat for Champions League final" (Atlantic Wharf)
The listing says the flat is a 15 minute walk from the Principality Stadium and Cardiff city centre, and five minutes from the bars and restaurants of Cardiff Bay. It accommodates four.
Originally published by Wales Online on May 11, 2017