Bristol will host the Women’s FA Cup Final for the first time in May.

The Football Association hope that the crowds will pack into the 21,497-seater Ashton Gate, the home of Bristol City Football Club, on Saturday 26 May.

Ashton Gate

City chief executive Guy Price told "We are delighted to be hosting the Women's FA Cup Final at Ashton Gate. We know 2012 will be the nation's year of sport and we want to make sure Bristol is a shining light in the national sports calendar.

"The match will be the pinnacle of a week of sports in Bristol, which also sees the Olympic Torch Relay and Bristol 10k take place. Hosting the Women's FA Cup Final gives the city a great chance to showcase what sport in Bristol has to offer.

"We want to bring as many people together as possible for this event, ensuring local people and communities play a part in what will be a great week of sport for Bristol,” he added. "We are very proud to be hosting the match and look forward to putting on a fantastic event at Ashton Gate for the final."

Last year, Arsenal Ladies beat Bristol Academy 2-0 to lift the trophy for a record eleventh time at the Ricoh Arena in front of nearly 14,000 fans.

Posted on 23/01/2012