|500 (VIP seats)|
|325 (Press seats)|
|Other names||Millennium Stadium (1999-2016)|
|Inauguration||10/1999 (Rugby World Cup opening ceremony)|
|Record attendance||74,576 (Wales - Scotland, 09/02/2008)|
|Cost||£ 167 million|
|Address||101 St Marys Street, Cardiff CF10 1GE|
Description: Principality Stadium
In 1984 Wales erected their first official national rugby stadium, however it soon turned out to be outdated. Design created back in 1960’s and compromised capacity after Taylor Report (down to 47,500) led to talks of a major overhaul already in mid-1990’s. A special commission was created in 1994 to lead the work, prompted by the selection of Wales as 1999 Rugby World Cup hosts.
Two options were taken into account – remodeling the existing venue or moving to a new location. The latter one appeared unviable, mostly for transportation reasons. The first one on the other hand required additional land which was acquired in order to fit in a larger ground.
Main expectations were capacity of app. 75,000 seats – a lot in the modest plot available – and a retractable roof. This feature was a very innovative one in the days, only Amsterdam ArenA had one then, with Gelredome being planned in the same time as Millennium Stadium. Design company HOK S+V+E (later called Populous) was on the job. A three-tiered bowl was created except for the North stand which had to be left from the previous ground due to space restrictions. The megastructure was possible to carry out thanks to private funding mostly, with public subsidy, long-term seat allocations and debt being of support to the budget.
First event was organized in June 1999 before a ‘test-crowd’, but all stands were opened a few months later, for Autumn’s Rugby World Cup. Main tenant is the rugby national team with their football equivalent playing more games at smaller grounds. Other major matches in both football and rugby took place here though, to name just the Challenge Cup or FA Cup (during Wembley’s revamp).
Apart from sporting events (including boxing and motorsports), other large scale events are held here as well. The arena has a curtain system that allows ‘cutting off’ stands for smaller events to 46,000 or even 12,000 seats only.
Cardiff: Two hotels to join Principality Stadium
The largest stadium in Wales could soon be accompanied by two hotels, one with 3 stars and one with 5 stars. In total the two buildings might offer over 300 bedrooms.
Cardiff: Spring cleaning ahead of Champions League final
The clash between Europe’s strongest clubs is just 6 weeks away and preparations are in full swing in Cardiff. With some workers literally swinging on ropes…
New lists: Who got 4 and 5 stars from UEFA?
It’s only 38 stadiums in total across Europe, so the two lists are truly exclusive. Check out who was granted a 4 or 5-star note by UEFA and why we’re showing these lists to you now…
Cardiff: European success won’t force Wales to larger stadium
The Welsh national team was greeted by some 200,000 people in Cardiff, having reached unprecedented success at Euro 2016. Still, moving back to Millennium Stadium is not an option.
Wales: Welsh supporters bought the whole stadium… in Cardiff
Tickets were sold out within minutes as Welsh fans flocked to see the semifinal against Portugal. No, not in Lyon. They’ll watch it at Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Cardiff: Millennium Stadium to be renamed
For at least a decade the greatest stadium in Wales will be named Principality Stadium, along with latest naming rights deal.
UEFA: 2017 finals awarded, Cardiff gets CL
UEFA needs to work on their secrecy as for the third consecutive time Champions League final host venue was leaked well before announcement. Europa League goes to Solna and Super Cup to Skopje.
Cardiff: Millennium Stadium with 2017 CL Final?
According to BBC the host of next available Champions League Final is already known. After San Siro, the 2017 edition will go to Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Euro 2020: UEFA’s safe choice of hosts
There’s hardly any surprise in the list of 13 host cities. Sure, Saint Petersburg is included despite Russia’s aggression. Sure, Stockholm is out and Baku has quarterfinals, but that wasn’t hard to predict.
Euro 2020: All 19 bids evaluated by UEFA
It seems Wembley may prepare the champagne for next Friday. Russia and Israel are in a disturbing political situation, while Macedonia, Bulgaria and Belarus are the underdogs unlikely to get a piece of Euro 2020.
Euro 2020: Complete list of 19 bidding stadiums
Despite over 30 countries expressing interest initially, the final bidding list is short and will see only 6 bids rejected. Which will it be? Here are all stadiums submitted as candidates.
2026 World Cup: Wales announce will to bid despite having only one stadium
First minister and football association chief of Wales both suggested the country will apply for the 2026 World Cup. But despite their claims they have only one stadium to offer at this point and their most preferred joint bidders, England, don’t seem to need a partner.
England: 2015 Rugby World Cup venues revealed
Only 4 of the 13 stadia are actually used for rugby and only two by rugby clubs. Most of the venues are primarily football grounds, but limiting the selection only to rugby stadiums would decrease overall capacity very significantly. Meanwhile the tournament is to be a real showcase…
Cardiff: Millennium Stadium to get artificial turf?
Ever since its opening, the natural pitch has been criticised. Current model is very expensive to maintain and so a move towards fully synthetic field is considered, according to BBC.
Cardiff: Millennium Stadium repainted for the Olympics
Officially the Olympics will take part in London, but some of the events are spread throughout the UK. Cardiff will take 11 football games and for that occasion the largest venue is refreshed, WalesOnline.co.uk informs.
Wales: Another qualifying campaign without Millennium Stadium
Wales’ largest and national stadium in Cardiff will see no football in the upcoming 2014 World Cup campaign. All fixtures will be divided between Cardiff City Stadium and Liberty Stadium, WalesOnline.co.uk reports.
England: Visiting 116 stadiums on a bike, scoot or on feet
He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.