Savor the state-of-the-art magnificence and unique atmosphere of Cardiff's Principality Stadium. Previously known as the Millennium Stadium and featuring a fully retractable roof, Principality Stadium is the home of the Welsh Rugby Union. The third largest stadium in Britain, it was built to host the final at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Construction of the stadium began in 1997 and cost £114 million.
The home of Welsh rugby
With a capacity for 74,500 people, the arena regularly hosts the Welsh national rugby team. The first match played at the stadium was a friendly between Wales and South Africa. The atmosphere during the matches is known to be one of the most electrifying in the world, so if you can find tickets this should be a high priority on your visit to Cardiff. It's also a venue for football matches; during the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium, the Millennium Stadium hosted the FA Cup and League Cup finals and hosted the Champions' League final in 2017.
Concerts have been held in the stadium since the venue was first opened in 1999 and a drape curtain has been installed that allows the venue to adapt to four different layouts. International rock stars that have played the stadium include The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, U2, Madonna, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. Local heroes such as the Stereophonics and the Manic Street Preachers have also graced the popular local venue. The stadium has a fully retractable roof, which can be opened in 20 minutes, allowing for rain cover. The stadium has a resident hawk named Dad, who you might spot flying above the stadium and driving away pigeons and seagulls! The arena has also housed indoor cricket and speedway. The modern facilities at the stadium are also a fantastic place for the many corporate hospitality packages on offer, all with luxurious surroundings, wonderful cuisine and attentive staff.
Try a tour
If you can't make it to a match or concert, you can still capture the magic of this wonderful sporting arena. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour and quickly appreciate the huge scale and depth of national affection for the stadium through the passionate and experienced tour guides. Tours explore all levels of the stadium, from the Ray Gravell Press Room to the VIP Hospitality Suites which overlook the hallowed turf. Discover the Dragon's Lair, view the Welsh Rugby Team dressing room, and enjoy taking photos with your favorite team member's shirt. Hear the roar of 74,500 fans as you walk down the players' tunnel towards the pitch and lift a trophy to the skies like a true sports star in the President's Box.