Introduction Cardiff is an easy city to get to with more and more flights coming through Cardiff International Airport, which has direct links to Europe and Ireland as well as many British cities.
The city is also well served for rail and road links and once you are here, transport is mercifully easy.
Compared to London and Paris, Cardiff is little more than a village (we are only talking size here).
However, with the Millennium Stadium being sited right in the middle of town, only a few yards from the busiest shopping streets, the place can get very busy on match days. If you can, it is usually a good idea to arrive early before the crowds, and leave after the inevitable congestion has died down.
Cardiff's Millennium Stadium probably ranks as one of the perfect places in the world to watch a game of rugby. The Welsh have some of the most passionate fans ever to grace a stand and they create an uplifting atmosphere throughout the impressively designed stadium.
There are many bars and restaurants within the concrete dome and with its retractable roof, there is never a chance that a wet afternoon will disturb your enjoyment.
Stephen Jones Midnight Rugby”:"It was inanimate. Concrete and girders, but formed in shapes that took the breath away…..The Millennium Stadium was in a way un-Welsh.In rugby we have become too used to walking around with resignation and hunched shoulders; the last time something stemming from as wider vision had happened in Wales was lost in time's mists………And was it ever worth it. The stadium achieves something priceless. It is marvellous to look at and stirring for the senses, it is vast and imposing. And yet it has a homeliness, it is close to the action."
Useless Facts: 1.There are bricks bearing the names of the whole 1999 World Cup squads outside the gates by the river. There are a few spelt incorrectly. Look out particularly for a famous New Zealand fly-half.
2. The stadium masts are the highest points of the Cardiff skyline at 93 metres. The electricity bill for one quarter of a calendar year for the stadium is £22,000.
Ground Opened: 1999
Stadium Name: Millennium Stadium
Stadium Address: Westgate Street
Telephone: 0870 013 8600
Fax: 029 2082 2474
Last Updated March 2014
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