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The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm), known since 2016 as the Principality Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm Principality) for sponsorship reasons, is the national stadium of Wales. Located in Cardiff, it is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and has also held Wales national football team games. Initially built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup, it has gone on to host many other large-scale events, such as the Tsunami Relief Cardiff concert, the Super Special Stage of Wales Rally Great Britain, the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain and various concerts. It also hosted six FA Cup finals and several other high-profile football fixtures while Wembley Stadium was being redeveloped.
The stadium is owned by Millennium Stadium plc, a subsidiary company of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). The architects were Bligh Lobb Sports Architecture. The structural engineers were WS Atkins and the building contractor was Laing. The total construction cost of the stadium was £121 million, of which the Millennium Commission funded £46 million.
The Millennium Stadium opened in June 1999 and its first major event was an international rugby union match on 26 June 1999, when Wales beat South Africa in a test match by 29–19 before a crowd of 29,000. With a total seating capacity of 73,931, it is the third-largest stadium in the Six Nations Championship behind the Stade de France and Twickenham. It is also the second-largest stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof and was the second stadium in Europe to have this feature. Listed as a category four stadium by UEFA, the stadium was chosen as the venue for the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, which took place on 3 June 2017. In 2015, the Welsh Rugby Union announced a 10-year sponsorship deal with the Principality Building Society that saw the stadium renamed as the "Principality Stadium" from early 2016.
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Principality Stadium Reviews
Following cancellation of rugby, managed to book tour for family who had flown in from Scotland. This was their first visit to Cardiff and we were all downhearted but thoroughly enjoyed the tour... more »
Really only got within 100 yards so difficult to say too much. The stadium is very central - close to the main Central Railway Station and hotels, bars and restaurants. Exceptionally pleasant... more »
It is been a great experience in this nice stadium. It is one of the bigger and more modern you can find at the moment in Europe. The only big queue is at the bar to buy drinks and food, I would recommend to drink at least some water before to get in so you don't miss a moment of the match. Located next the Cardiff Central train station which makes it very easy connected to the rest of Wales and England. I have been there for a friendly match between Manchester United and AC MILAN. I think the best experience here will be for a Six Nations game.
Went to see pink in concert here... Had the most amazing time. Didn't really queue that badly to get in but did arrive early to miss the crowds. Parking at any event is a huge problem so plan your parking in advance if you can.
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