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The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm), is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardiff, and is used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. It was the largest Stadium in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 74,500, but relinquished this distinction when Old Trafford was expanded to 76,000 in 2006, and slipped down to third when Wembley Stadium was completed in 2007. The Millennium Stadium is owned by Millennium Stadium plc which is a subsidiary company owned by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

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      03.11.2009 00:18
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      Arguably the greatest piece of sporting stadia in the world

      Being a proud welshman who has been fortunate to visit and take in the millenium stadium experience many times as a frequent supporter of both wales football and rugby teams, I can honestly say, hand on heart that the Millenium Stadium is probably the greatest sporting arena in the sporting world. The atmosphere is always electric no matter what occasion the stadium is host to, whether it be the Welsh rugby team roaring to their 2005 grandslam against the Irish or the cheering of the 70,000 plus fans when the French stood toe to toe with the All Blacks when they beat them in the maximum capacity sellout world cup 2007 quarter final, the Millennium Stadium is sure to leave a lasting memory in your mind. The stadium itself, boasting the first fully retractable roof in the UK also has a UEFA 5 star rating and played host to many major sporting events coveted throughout the sporting world such as: playing an integral part in the hosting of the 2007 rugby world cup, hosting the final in 1999 and six FA Cup finals. The Millenium Stadium is the pride of Wales and truely one of the greatest sporting experiences that a sporting fan could enjoy.

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        17.07.2009 20:06
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        an excellent stadium, a credit to the people of Wales

        I was fortunate enough to get a trip to the Millennium Stadium in 2004 when my team Millwall made it to the Football Association Cup Final and the new Wembley Stadium was still under construction. Although we went on to lose the game 3-0, lets face it we were never going to win, the stadium was worth the trip alone as it was quite spectacular. We were sitting in the south stand for the game and the view was quite superb. The stadium is all-round and built on three levels, a lower tier, middle tier and top tier; the south stand is the only stand which doesn't have a top tier as it has been built this way to accommodate the sliding roof which can be closed in bad weather or for certain events. Although this is quite common place for modern day stadiums now, ten years ago in 1999 when the Millennium Stadium was built it wasn't and this stadium was one of the first to feature a fully closing roof; quite a feat really and something for the welsh people to be proud of. The seats are coloured either red or green, representing the colours of the Welsh and this gives the stadium a quite unique appearance, in contrast to many other stadiums which are usually one colour; a nice addition.

        The stadium is not only used for football matches, rugby is played there also and I believe speedway is regularly too and of course the many concerts. I'm sure all who visit it will be extremely impressed by the stadium they'll see before them and at 74,500 seats it is one of the biggest stadia in Europe. At a cost of £121,000,000 the Millennium Stadium is a fine example of a large stadium that doesn't cost the earth. The New Wembley was far more expensive than this, delayed for years and still only has just over 15,000 more seats. When you look at it like that the Millennium Stadium sounds a lot better.

        I will definitely try and return to the Millennium Stadium, if not with Millwall then I may catch an England Rugby International there during the six nations tournament or something as I was really impressed by the arena. If you pay the stadium a visit I'm sure you'll be equally as impressed.

        Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

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          14.07.2009 22:11
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          Would definately recommend

          The Millennium Stadium or as it is known in welsh, Stadiwm y Mileniwm, is the pride of not just welsh rugby fans by the whole of Wales and, now it would seem, anybody that has come to the stadium to watch an event.

          Currently the stadium is celebrating its tenth anniversary, as it was built for the Rugby World Cup, although now the stadium is not just confined to Rugby. An important point to establish here is the cost of the Millennium Stadium was only a fraction of the cost of the new Wembley stadium, as the total construction cost was at £125m; nowhere near the billion spend by the English FA.

          Although the main priority of the stadium is to be prepared for test matches for the rugby, but to earn extra money for the WRU, the stadium is used for a vast number of events that range from racing to music concerts.

          An important feature of the stadium is its location, as was built on the same site as the old Cardiff Arms Park, which is dead centre in the City of Cardiff. What this has done is made the stadium accessible to both home and away fans. As home supports in the Welsh capital can travel, as well as home supporters outside of the capital, such as the Welsh valley by rail. This is also true of away supports, as they can also use railway way links and well as Cardiff International Airport that is nearby and is also linked to the city centre.

          The reason why I raise the issue of having good transport links is because the station is only a stones throw away from the stadium as soon as you either get off a bus or train. This is important in the modern day, as people have been to the new Wembley stadium have complianed that the stadium is too far out of the way from transport links, which is not the case with the Millennium Stadium.

          Although the primary events at the stadium are the rugby internationals, it is not just this event that is staged there. As the welsh national football team also play some of their home internationals at the stadium, although not all.

          Amazingly there is also motor sports that take place at the stadium, these come in the form of Speed way and a special World Rally stage. What was amazing was the ability to hold such event, such as motor racing, as one would never believe that the stadium could hold such as event.

          There are also music events that are held at the stadium, such as the Take That concert and the U2 concert that is coming soon. The sound of music events within the stadium is one of the best sounds that you could ever get a concert, which is helped by the inclusion of a folding roof.

          The is one of the best features of the stadium, the closing roof, as not many other stadiums have this feature. What it means is if you go and watch an event at a stadium and it is raining outside the roof can be closed and you don't get wet. But this has the side effect of increasing the intensity of sound within the stadium that you would not get at any other rugby stadium.

          Secondly, because of the design of the stadium it means that there is not a bad seat in the stadium. Although there are three levels that are available for seating, so far I have sat on the top tier and the bottom tier. One the bottom, while I was at a welsh football international, you are extremely close to the player even at the back of the bottom tier. At the top, although you are quite high, you do not get the impression that you are high, as you still seem close to the players on the pitch. It also does not matter what area of the stadium, ether it be at the side of the pitch, behind the goal or in a corner section.

          Thirdly, the stadium operators also give people the option to have guided tours around the stadium, although it was a while ago and I can't quite remember the price. What this allow the party that I was with the option of looking around the dressing rooms, the pitch, the royal box and the mini studio in the stadium. If you do not want to go to an event at the stadium, or cannot afford to go to an event then I would recommend this tour.

          One of the minor points with the stadium, is although it has a capacity of near 74,000 seats, it could have done with a few more. The reason I state this is because everyone wants to go to an event at the stadium, the tickets can sell very fast. Although this could soon be remedied with the moving of the Cardiff Blues to the new Cardiff City Stadium, as one end of the stadium is not fully completed.

          Overall I cannot help but recommend that, if you have not been to an event that has take place at the stadium, then you should book one, as you will not get a better experience.

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            14.05.2009 11:51
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            Retractable roof, great views, amazing atmosphere like no other stadium

            I have only been to the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff once, but would love any excuse to go back again. I went with my family in 2004 to watch the rugby league challenge cup final between my beloved St Helens versus Wigan Warriors. Cardiff wasn't exactly known as a rugby league city (this is before the Millenium Magic weekend was thought up) but the atmosphere in and around the stadium was electric.

            We, like many, arrived on the train as we had heard that it was difficult to drive to and park. The train station is a really short distance from the stadium. The stadium itself is impressive, from unobstructed views from any seat to the retractable roof allowing protection from bad weather. The atmosphere was immense, due to the structure of the stadium (you feel as if you are sat in a bowl) the noise from the fans was almost deafening, just what you need to get you pumped up for the game.

            Is it better than Wembley? I have been to both the old and the new Wembley's and although no stadium can offer the same thrill as walking up Wembley Way, the Millenium Stadium is superior in every other way. Maybe because it was a local derby, maybe it was because we won, but either way I rate the Millenium Stadium as the best I have ever been to.

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            26.04.2009 20:17
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            The second best stadium in the UK

            I have actually been to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 2 separate occasions and for 2 very different events. The first was a concert by the Stereophonics and the second was a Johnstones Paint Trophy final with my beloved Doncaster Rovers. The stadium was a perfect host for both of these and, as good as Wembley is, it was a sad day for me when this fine stadium was no longer required for the big showcase football matches.

            Aside from the fact that the ground holds so many people and creates such a wonderful atmosphere, it also sits in one of the more beautiful locations for a football ground in the UK, right on the riverside. It is stunning to see and take a walk around whilst sampling the big match build up. One of the strangest things is that, as big as the ground is, you can be just a couple of streets away and not see it until you are right there. It seems to appear from nowhere. There are lots of good pubs dotted around the ground too for building up the atmosphere in.

            Once inside the ground the hairs start to stand up on the back of the neck. It is not just that the bowl is so high, it is also the sight of that magnificent retracting roof above your head. It is one in a million.

            The seats are laid out with plenty of leg room in mind and the stadium actually goes high more vertically than some do meaning that you don't have to worry about a narrow rise and getting stuck behind a 6ft+ man at these events.

            The concourses are the standard kind of thing and the food stands are by no means the dearest on the market. Toilets are well placed around and the walk ways are wide enough to be comfortable in. It is surprising how many new grounds have concourses that are just too narrow.

            The acoustics for both the crowd chanting at football and the concert were magnificent and possibly have never been matched since, even Wembley. I think the height and roof clearly help with this and keep the noise in.

            I'll miss this great stadium for the big football matches, but will hopefully return one day for more music.

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              22.02.2009 20:41
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              Great place to watch a great sport

              When this stadium was built all those years ago, it wasnt supposed to be for football, it fact it was for a completely different sport. Rugby. But after a while, it was large enough to hold the largest football competitions such as finals of cups. While Wembly was being rebuilt is was the home of the FA Cup final, and the play offs at the end of the football season. The brilliant thing about this stadium is that is has a retractable roof, which means that even if it is raining, a match can still can continue, without anyone getting wet.

              It is so large, and could rival Wembly. This stadium isnt home to any particular football team, so it can be used by anyone. I think that there are plans in the pipeline to expand the stadium, which would brilliant, and then could hold more people than it already does. It still amazes me that so many people can congrate in one place. It does have a large car park, but I would suggest using public transport, as it can be difficult getting out of the car park, there is just way too many people. That would have to be the only problem that I find with this stadium, crowd control. In that there isnt any. Once the match is over, everyone trys to get out as quick as they can, and there is nobody to help the exits, and that is a shame, as apart from that it is a brilliant stadium.

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                26.11.2008 15:09
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                The atmosphere is something you simply cannot describe

                I have been to the millenium stadium for both rugby matches and a concert.

                Being Welsh myself and regularly attending home internationals I can honestly say there is no experience quite like the millenium stadium. Walking into the stadium and seeing a sea of people in red shirts already gives me goosebumps, however this is nothing in comparasion to the feeling you will feel once inside this stadium.

                Hearing the National Anthem with the roof closed for me..is one of the best feelings. It is guarnteed to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, you become filled with pride and passion for your country and even emotional. Hearing the crowd get behind your home team and all the whole stadium singing bread of heaven is just a feeling I cannot describe. I have took friends who are neither rugby fans or welsh and all have enjoyed the experience. Whether you are sat in the upper tiers or the lower tiers the experience is still very enjoyable and the views are great.

                The security are tight and do check bags which even though time consuming reassures you safety measures are in place.

                The location of the millenium stadium is perfect. It is only a short 5 minute walk from Cardiff central train station and is just of Mary Street which is full of pubs and bars where you can soak up prematch and postmatch atmosphere.

                Rugby is the religion and millenium stadium is the church :)

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                  29.04.2007 23:59
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                  Cardiff here we come !

                  I have made two trips to the millennium stadium, both of which have proved to be unsuccessful for my rugby team, Leeds Rhinos.
                  By first trip came in 2003 and I was situated on one of the four corners on the top tier, this was a somewhat hair raising experience. In fact, one of people sitting near me claimed to be feeling dizzy due to the sheer height we were sat at, altitude sickness! The first time i went the roof was closed and this meant the atmosphere was amazing. I had visions of it been almost greenhouse like inside due to the roof been on but these assumptions were proved unfounded. It was rathe chilly actually. The process of getting into the actual stadium did take some time though due to tight stadium security checking bags but this is only for your own safety so the fans are pretty much not fussed. The great thing about sport at the millennium stadium is that the team coaches arrive on the top road by Cardiff Castle, this means that you can wait on the grass outside the castle and see your team arrive for the game, you might even get a wave.
                  My second trip to Cardiff was in 2005 to watch the challenge cup final between Leeds and Hull FC, this time we were in the opposite end of the stadium and to get into the stadium you had to go across the bridge to get to it. This was a lovely walk but sadly there had been some mix up with the tickets and we ended up in the end with the opposing supporters and to say Leeds and Hull fans don't get on too well is an understatement. Sadly we lost again and it was in the last minute.
                  Soooo....I have made the long trip from Leeds to Cardiff twice and lost twice but their is no denying that the stadium is truly fantastic and a great day out. There is plenty of pubs and shopping too, so why not make a weekend of it. I am off to the millennium stadium next weekend for the rugby league millennium magic weekend despite by assurance last time that "I will never come here again" but the fab stadium has drawn me back and I believe in third time lucky

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                    16.07.2003 23:10
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                    (Ok, I said I wasn't going to do an op today. Can't help it! Too addicted to reviewing!!!) The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff was built in time for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. It's first game was Wales vs South Africa in June 1999. A great way to open the stadium (which was still heavily under construction) - Wales won their first ever game against South Africa in front of a crowd of roughly 22,000 people, with the first try scored in the stadium by outside centre, Mark Taylor. As host for the Rugby World Cup in October and November of 1999, the teams had nothing but praise for the new stadium with its intense atmosphere. The World Cup came at the end of Wales best winning streak in many years, with the opening game of Wales v Argentina being the 10th and last game in that run. Unfortunately, Wales then lost to Samoa in the following match! I personally didn't get to visit the stadium until the following summer, where I watched a Wales XV take on the French Barbarians in what was Derek Bevan's last match as an international referee. With such a low level match, I didn't get the full feel of the stadium, although the atmosphere was still superb at the start. I was sat in the lower tier near to the pitch. Towards the end of the game, where Wales had pulled out a decent lead, the crowd started to get bored and a Mexican Wave started around the ground. My first real game came in November 2000 with Wales once again taking on the South Africans. It was a capacity crowd, and I almost burst into tears when the Welsh anthem was played! The whole stadium was charged with emotion - I'd never experienced anything like that in my life! Unfortunately Wales lost that game (I won't blame Arwel Thomas...). So. As you may gather, I quite like the stadium! The only one I have experience of prior to that one was Murrayfield in 1999 (which is another great stadium, BTW!). Unlike some stadiums, the fa
                    ns are only metres away from the pitch which gives a great "on the field" type of feeling. There are two huge screens at either end of the stadium which help for the fans who are so close to the pitch that they can't see properly what's happening on the other side!!! The views are great from everywhere in the stadium. I have only ever sat in the lower tiers, but before the Wales v Barbarians game in May 2001 (the last time I went there), I took a walk up to the top tiers to see what the view was like from up there. Needless to say, it offers great views of the pitch. There is just one downside to the Millenium Stadium. It cost a lot of money to build, and now the Welsh Rugby Union are £66 million in dept. This has led to a number of budget cuts, such as dropping the Wales A rugby team - a great development team with a good winning record. On the whole, there is very little bad to say about the stadium though. Sure, the pitch had seen better days but it has since been replaced. Notice how I've gone through this whole review without mentioning the sliding roof? Well, it's got one! Not much else to say, really! Except that it breaks every now and then!!! For a sport fan, there is certainly no stadium in Britain to match the atmosphere of a Wales home game (in either rugby OR football). A great stadium and a recommended place to visit!

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                      02.06.2003 21:13

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                      A day out to remember - Advantages: no restricted view, amazing atmosphere, excellent pitch - Disadvantages: its not wembley, you cant take it in, because youre too worked up over occasion you are there for!

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                      In the words of Max Boyce ‘I was there’. Wales 2 Italy 1. Wednesday 16th October, a red-letter day. The day Wales finally converted to football. Surely no more will my Saturday afternoon radio coverage of Wrexham’s away fixtures give way to commentaries on minor games with the spherical shaped ball. Radio Wales take note. Mark Hughes must take a lot of credit for the way Wales played, as must the players, but the real heroes of the day were the stadium, which must surely now rank as one of the best in the world and the 72,000 strong crowd which provided the best ever atmosphere of any match I’ve ever attended, even the one when Wrexham beat Arsenal. What a terrific day. Starting off at the car park at Wrexham’s Racecourse ground at 12.30am we were all in high spirits, helped by a pint in the club bar before we started. A two hour journey to Hereford was shortened by a sports quiz which took people’s mind off the ‘long and winding road’ which constitutes the main route between north and south Wales. At Hereford we had a two hour stop at the local Berni for a three course meal and two or three pints of lager to help lubricate the vocal chords for the task ahead. The journey from Hereford to Cardiff was taken up by choir practice – the Welsh National Anthem had a fair hammering plus ‘Delilah’, ‘Sospan Fach’ and all the other usual suspects. We arrived at Cardiff at 6.00pm. It was incredibly busy getting into the city and the parking was so horrendous that the queue our bus was in, on one of Cardiff’s main thoroughfares, just ground to a halt. The police decided to call it a day and converted the queue into a car park – God help anyone stuck in it who was travelling home from work! The atmosphere in this city, which has seen so much investment since the Welsh Assembly was created, was absolutely fantastic. It was el
                      ectric, no trouble, people just enjoying themselves. Really, really friendly. We walked to the Stadium through the hoards of people, it took us about twenty minutes. None of the people I was with had been to the Millennium Stadium before and we were all absolutely thunderstruck when we arrived. It is architecturally superb. It was lit up like the Titanic - a monster of a building. No trouble getting in, minimal security checks, wide turnstiles and aisles, vast open spaces with plenty of toilets, programme kiosks and refreshment bars. Very well stewarded. The staff, were very friendly and caught the mood of the evening. Ticket prices were cheaper than the Conference, £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, a tremendous incentive for fans to come and fill the stadium. I’ve never seen so many women and children at a football match. But the best was yet to come. You walk into the stadium proper and you are hit by the sheer magnificence of the building. Even my friend who for some reason is a season ticket holder at the dreaded Man U, had to admit that the stadium is much better than Old Trafford. It is so high and yet close to the pitch with a feeling of space. There’s plenty of room between the seats and its incredibly comfortable for a football stadium. Room enough for people to walk past without you having to stand up every time. Massive screens above each end of the pitch with incredibly sharp pictures to catch all the action replays, which under UEFA regulations can only be shown at half time and at the end of the game. The Millenium Stadium is the first in the UK - and the biggest in the world - to have a retractable roof, which takes 20 minutes to open or close, making it an all-weather stadium. The roof is supported by four corner masts which reach 93 metres into the sky, making it the tallest building in Wales. Oh what a night, the roof was on – an indoor match with 72,000 watching. I couldn’
                      ;t be lieve it was happening. The Manic’s were playing a set when we arrived – not the CD, the actual band! This was followed by John Charles, Britain’s greatest ever footballer. The teams came out, and were met by a huge roar, which was absolutely deafening. Before the anthems were played, the MC, using the excellent PA system had warned the crowd that anyone not singing along to the Welsh national Anthem would be ejected from their seats and forced to watch England. That’s probably what got the adrenalin going. The National Anthems were played. The couple of thousand Italians did there best to sing along to the cheerful little ditty which constitutes their own anthem, but when Bryn Terfel sang the first line of the Welsh National Anthem, “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” there was a tremendous outpouring of emotion – nearly 70,000 people singing and crying simultaneously – not a dry eye in the shop. The hairs on the back of my neck were standing on end. No need to say much about the match, Wales played out of their skins. Simon Davies scored a brilliant goal right in front of where we were sitting, which was cancelled out by a Del Piero free kick. Craig Bellamy scored an incredible winner dissecting two of the best defenders in the world and rounding the keeper. The atmosphere as the ball hit the back of the net was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. We left the stadium on cloud nine, walking on air to our bus, which was still clogging up the road where we left it. On a wonderful three hour journey back, after eventually managing to get out of Cardiff, we relived every moment, with some of the Welsh diehards (not me I might add) revelling in England’s paltry draw with Macedonia. Next morning at work it was easy to spot those who had made the journey down south. Bleary eyed but happy and hoarse to the point of being unable to speak. Why the En
                      glish FA have to spend £600 million plus, when Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is so fantastic at a cost of £126 million I can’t understand. It must surely be one of the best stadiums in the world, and I was there, the day when Wales showed the best team in Europe how to play football. Roll on 29th March Wales V. Azerbaijan. I can hardly wait.

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                        14.08.2002 03:57
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                        I, like many others, was excited to hear that a new stadium was to be built in my home city of Cardiff. I have been to the Millennium Stadium many times. Just a few of the games I have been to see there have been Wales vs Australia (2001), Wales vs South Africa (2000), Argentina vs Japan (RWC99), Wales vs Barbarians (2002), Principality Cup Semis (2002) and many, many, many more! This has given me a great opportunity to study how well the stadium was built. Let's take a look at one of the things we were told would happen, and whether they have fulfilled their promise! It Would Be The Biggest Stadium In The World: Achieved: No What did happen: Despite the promise of the WRU that the new stadium would be the largest stadium on the planet, they only built it to a capacity of 72,500. This is at least 2 and a half thousand less than Twickenham, and that isn't even the largest! Sure, it is a big increase on the capacity of the National Stadium, but still! If you look around the ground, most noticably on Westgate Street, you will see that almost directy opposite Burger King, work is STILL being done to complete the stadium. And there are still parts of the old ground sticking up in the top of the North Stand! You also have the recently raised issue of land still owned by British Telecom, being built by part of the ground! It's hardly ever used anyway! It is fine for you when you are watching a match, it's just the principal behind it being built. It was basically a waste of time. Now we have lost the Empire Pool and National Stadium to a stadium that has not lived up to its expectations.

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                          30.05.2002 16:51
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                          I, like many people, was initially sceptical about moving the FA Cup final to Cardiff. However after visting the Millenium Stadium I have changed my opinion completely. Whereas Wembley Stadium was becoming somewhat of a dump the Millenium Stadium is a fantastic state of the art arena. People have suggested that the FA Cup Final should be played at Old Trafford but with such a great neutral venue available this would be nonsensical. I visited the stadium for the Heineken European Rugby Cup Final. The roof was closed for the event, this created a surreal atmosphere as after coming in from the wet streets of Cardiff you stepped into a humid cauldron of noise. The roof being closed caused the noise to echo around the ground, although it did spoil the flypast by the Red Arrows! Views from inside are fantastic with a great view of the pitch from even the most far away seats. There are refreshment stores available with theme park style queing systems (the queue snakes around barriers). I foun beer was quite reasonably priced (for a sporting event) at £2.50 a pint. The pitch seemed fanyastic & it looks like they have overcome the initial teething problems they had with it. The grass is in fact removable to allow other events such as conferences & concerts to take place in the arena. Huge screens show close up views of the action which is especially useful for thos at the bak. Around the stadium there are a massive number of bars where supporters can mix (for rugby anyway). There is ample space near the stadium for coaches so I would recommend this as the best mode of transport. The one gripe I would have with the stadium is access, as the surrounding streets become very crowded which can lead to massive congestion at the train station. I suppose that this is an inevitable consequence of 74,000 people descending on one particular place. The new Wembley (if it's ever built) has a hard
                          task to beat the Millenium Stadium.

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                          15.05.2002 00:43
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                          Imagine the scenario, your football team have been through seven years of playing in the first division, gone through as many managers in those years and not even had a sniff of the success that was experienced in the first season of the Premier League. Yes I am talking about Norwich City, this time our luck had changed, things had got back on track and thanks to a team that actually played football and had spirit, we found ourselves in the 2002 Division One Play-off final against Birmingham City. Now a couple of years ago, we would have made the journey of a few hours to Wembley without the need for a lot of planning. But Wembley is closed and in need of a lot of attention. It was my understanding the stadium was being re-built as we speak but apparantly tht isn't the case. Maybe the people involved should take a look at what 2 years and £60 million can get you. We started out on Saturday morning and took a near five hour drive down to Newport. That's going from one side of the UK another. After staying the night in a nice B&B, going into Newport town centre and braving bars where hen nights were occuring and drunk middle age men were waving their genetalia about in full view, believe nothing was looking more sweeter than a trip to Cardiff the next day. Should you ever find yourself having the chance to attend a big sporting event at the Millenium Stadium then I reccomend you try your best to attend. No matter what the cost as it's a great experience no matter what the outcome of your team may be. As with Wembley, the stadium doesn't actually look that big in real life. You know they say that TV adds pounds to someone, well I guess the same could be said for buildings. Before you attend it's probably best to decide how you're going to get there. If you're thinking about driving into Cardiff on the day of the big event then I'd think again. You're much better staying in somewhere like Newport an
                          d then stumping up the £3.20 return train fare for the short journey in. The beauty of this is that the chances are if you time your journey right and beat the crowds then your route home should be a lot quicker. The stadium is located in short walking distance of the train station so the chances of getting lost are pretty slim. Of course if you should lose your way then the towering white struts of the stadium can easily be recognised on the skyline. Once you get inside then you'll see a building that possibly will disappoint you with it's interior. But this is after all a building designed to house mainly sporting events. What you get is your usual concrete corridors where the thousands of fans make their way to their seats. But once you mak the journey down the steps to your seat then you're presented with what the stadium really offers. Another word of advice on the drinks side, if you want to get some pre-match lubricatin in a bar then you bst get to somewhere in Cardiff early. Otherwise you can forget abot it. The bars are packed, the streets packed and it's like trying to get into a club when your name simply isn't on the list. However if manage to get into the stadium shortly after the gates open then the bars inside are pretty vacant and you should have no problem. One of the things the stadium has is the facility to close the roof should there be a downpour. It also has another use, those that saw this years FA Cup final on TV would no doubt have found the match hard to watch with one side of the pitch in extreme sunlight while the other was in harsh shade. Closing the roof takes this way and actually makes the atmosphere inside far better. Just imagine the sound coming from the 71,000+ crowd cheering their team on. The sound is contained and it just raises the stakes and the occasion so much more. Sunday was a hot say in Cardiff but the roof's closure didn't actually make the stadium feel like an ove
                          n-which was nice! At each end of the pitch you have a large video screen that relays pics of the action on the pitch as well as providing some great pre-match entertainment. These serve as great assistants when the guy with the huge sill jesters hat is in front of you blocking your view. It also helps when you can't face watching the nail-biting penalty shoot out happening at the other end of the pitch. As is policy with most stadiums, you can't take any cans or bottles inside. Some might say this is purely for security but to be honest it seems an ploy by the stadium to make some more money. Inside you'll be charged £1.60 for a bottle of coke that will cost you 60-70 pence on the street. Add to that the usual inflated prices on food and you have another prime example of ripping the people off and not giving them any choice in the matter. But this is only a slight niggle in what was a very enjoyable day out despite the fact that Norwich lost the match and a chance at the Premiership in the worst way possible. Damn you Birmingham and damn the person who did away with the golden goal rule. Otherwise we'd be the one's who'd be on our way. Now if only the stadium had some 'wembley' style steps for that glorious climb up to collect a trophy then it could soon be a case of forgetting that Wembley ever existed.

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                            The millennium stadium is currently the best stadium in Britain. I visited the millennium stadium when Arsenal played Liverpool in the FA cup final and when I was there I read exactly what sort of stadium the millennium one is. It has all sorts of facilities including under soil heating, a retractable roof, retractable grass, hotel within the stadium, restaurants and various other plush facilities. Under soil heating is basically for when the pitch is frosty or has snow on it and the under soil heating just melts the snow or frost off the pitch so there are better playing conditions for the players. Retractable roof is where the roof can be open or closed, so basically you can choose whether you want rain on the pitch, if not you can just close the roof. Retractable grass is there so when the football or rugby isn’t being played then you can have concerts in the ground. What they do is take all the grass up and put wooden pallets on the floor that connect together to give a safe and stable floor for a concert to be staged. It also has restaurants in the stadium and a hotel which is very new thing within football stadiums these days. The stadium can seat up to and over 70,000 people for one football game, impressive.

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