The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, formerly known as the Millennium Stadium, is one of the world's leading sports venues. Since opening in 1999 to host the Rugby World Cup, it has hosted numerous international sporting events, seating as many as 74,500 spectators per match and welcoming 1.3 million visitors annually.
As the home of the Welsh national rugby team, the stadium is primarily known for hosting international football and rugby games. This includes matches in the RBS Six Nations, the Rugby World Cup and the FA Cup Final. UEFA rates it as a 5-star stadium, and it hosted Olympic football matches during the London 2012 games.
The Principality Stadium also hosts many large-scale concerts, exhibitions and other events, as well as sports like boxing. If you're a dedicated rugby fan, or simply interested in an exciting day out in Cardiff, you can even take a tour of the stadium to see all its amazing features up-close, including a sneak peek inside the Wales team dressing room, the President's Box and the tunnel leading onto the pitch.
History of a Cardiff sports landmarkThe Millennium Stadium was built on the site of the old National Stadium in Cardiff. Construction took place between 1997 and 1999, when the stadium officially opened. Since 2016, the stadium became known as the Principality Stadium as part of a 10-year sponsorship agreement with the Principality Building Society.
The structure is one of Cardiff's biggest landmarks, covering an area of 40,000 square metres. The stadium was also the second in Europe (and the second largest in the world) to sport a fully retractable roof, ensuring play can continue even in bad weather.
The Principality Stadium has a convenient city-centre location near a wide choice of restaurants, pubs, shops and bars, and you can also easily check out a number of other attractions in the area. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff is also just a 10-minute walk from the venue, making it the perfect choice if you're looking for a hotel for a match or event.