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The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm) in Cardiff is the national stadium of Wales, used primarily for rugby union and football. It is currently the largest football ground in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 74,500. It will relinquish this distinction when the rebuilding of Wembley Stadium in London is complete, although Manchester United's Old Trafford may be expanded to beyond the Millennium Stadium's capacity before then. The stadium is owned by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... Cardiff (Welsh: Caerdydd, from caer, fort, and dydd, Aulus Didius) is the capital and largest city of Wales. ... A national stadium is a stadium that typically serves as the primary or exclusive home for one or more of a countrys national representative sports teams. ... For alternate meanings, see Wales (disambiguation) National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Official languages: English and Welsh Capital: Cardiff First Minister: Rhodri Morgan AM Area  - Total:  - % water: Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² xx% Population  - Total (2001):  - Density: Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² NUTS... Two Austrailian players make a heavy tackle on an England player Rugby union is a team sport that was (according to legend) developed from the rules used to play football at Rugby School in England. ... The striker (wearing red jersey) has run past the defender (in white jersey) and is about to take a shot at the goal, while the goalkeeper positions himself to stop the ball. ... Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England, which is currently being rebuilt. ... Greater London and the Regions of England. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... Old Trafford football stadium (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Bobby Charlton) is the home of Manchester United F.C., one of the most famous football clubs in the world. ... The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is the governing body of the rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board. ...

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History

The stadium was built in 1999 on the site of the old National Stadium, at Cardiff Arms Park. Many traditionalists refer to the Millenium Stadium as "the New Arms Park" or its original name. It was initially built for the 1999 Rugby Union World Cup, which Wales hosted. It was home to many of the matches, including the final. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... A national stadium is a stadium that typically serves as the primary or exclusive home for one or more of a countrys national representative sports teams. ... Cardiff Arms Park is a stadium complex situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... Results of the 1999 Rugby World Cup Final Saturday, November 6, 1999 Cardiff, Wales: Australia 35 - France 12 Third Place Thursday, November 4, 1999 Cardiff, Wales: South Africa 22 - New Zealand 18 Semifinals Saturday, October 30, 1999 Twickenham, England: South Africa 21 - Australia 27 Sunday, October 31, 1999 Twickenham, England...


The construction cost the WRU £126 million, which was considered remarkably low for a state-of-the-art stadium. This was funded by private investment, public funds from the UK National Lottery, the sale of debentures to supporters (which offered guaranteed tickets in exchange for an interest-free loan), and loans. The development left the WRU heavily in debt. A play here! sign outside a newsagent, incorporating the National Lotterys logo of a stylised hand with crossed fingers. ... A debenture in finance, is a long term debt instrument used by governments and large companies to obtain funds. ... A loan is a type of debt. ... Debt is that which is owed. ...


The Millennium Stadium was first used for a major event on June 26, 1999, when Wales played South Africa in a friendly rugby match. Wales won the match (http://www.planet-rugby.com/stats/matchreport/index.phtml/p_r/ENG?tm1Code=WA&tm2Code=SA&date=26-Jun-1999&tournament_code=international&setCode=archive&navCode=results) 29-19: the first time they had ever beaten the Springboks. June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Welsh national rugby team represent Wales at the nations national sport of rugby union, being the highest level of Welsh rugby. ... Friendly is the name of: Several places in the United States of America: Friendly, Maryland Friendly, West Virginia An Australian electronic musical group: Friendly (band) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

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Features

The all-seater stadium has the capacity for 74,500 supporters and features a retractable roof (only the second stadium in Europe, and the biggest in the world, with this feature) to protect the playing surface from the elements. World map showing location of Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ...

They say it has a sliding roof that they can slide all day
we'll slide it back when Wales attack so God can watch us play
Max Boyce

The stadium was slightly restricted in size due to its proximity to Cardiff Rugby Club's (and now Cardiff Blues') home, Cardiff Arms Park. Efforts were made by the WRU to persuade the rugby club to move to a new stadium, but these were unsuccessful; the stadium had to be completed with a break in its bowl structure (now known colloquially as "Glanmor's Gap", after Glanmor Griffiths, then chairman of the WRU). If an agreement can be reached in the future, it is likely that the stadium will be expanded. Max Boyce is a Welsh comedian and singer, who came to national fame during the mid-1970s as a result of the phenomenal success of the Welsh rugby team of that period. ... History Cardiff RFC was founded 1876, they played their first game against Newport. ... Cardiff Blues are a regional Rugby Union team from Wales, playing in the Celtic League and European Rugby Cup/European Rugby Shield. ... Cardiff Arms Park is a stadium complex situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is the governing body of the rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board. ...


In each of the stadium's bars, so-called "joy machines" can pour 12 pints in less than 20 seconds. (As an illustration of their efficiency, in a Wales-France match, 63,000 fans drank 77,184 pints of beer, almost double the 44,000 pints drunk by a similar number of fans at a game at Twickenham.) This article is about the drink; for the village in Devon, England, see Beer, Devon. ... Twickenham Rugby Ground, from the North Stand Twickenham Stadium, located in the Twickenham district of London, is currently the largest sporting venue in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 75,000. ...


The superstructure of the stadium is based around four 93 m masts, making it the tallest building in Wales. In social sciences, superstructure is the set of socio-psychological feedback loops that maintain a coherent and meaningful structure in a given society, or part thereof. ...

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Uses

As well as international rugby union and football, the Millennium Stadium has hosted a variety of sports, including Rugby League (Including challenge cup finals and Welsh Rugby League internationals) speedway and indoor cricket. Rugby league is a team sport, played by teams of 13 players per side (usually plus 4 substitutes). ... Speedway has multiple meanings: An alternative name for a race track Speedway, Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway The gas station chain Speedway SuperAmerica Motorcycle speedway, a form of motorcycle racing The name of a Scottish pop rock group who hit the UK charts in 2003. ... Indoor Cricket is a variation on the conventional game of cricket. ...


Since 2001, the stadium has hosted the following English football tournaments whilst England's national stadium, Wembley Stadium has been undergoing rebuilding (Wembley had hosted the Welsh rugby team during the building of their new ground): 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England, which is currently being rebuilt. ...

These matches will stop being held in Cardiff after 2006 and efforts have been made to attract Cardiff City F.C. to use the stadium for their own home matches (which would provide much-needed income), but the Bluebirds are apparently determined to build their own stadium. The FA Cups trophy is also known as the FA Cup. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... The Football League Trophy is the generic name of an English football competition for clubs in the two lower divisions of the Football League, the official name of which is frequently changed to match changes in sponsors, and which is presently called the LDV Vans Trophy. ... The Football League is an organisation representing 72 professional football clubs in England and Wales, and runs the oldest professional football league competition in the world. ... The FA Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cardiff City Football Club is a football team based in Cardiff. ...


The stadium has also been used for a variety of musical events, possibly the most famous being the Manic Street Preachers concert held on Millennium Eve and a recording of the BBC's Songs of Praise the following day, which attracted an attendance of 65,000. At the end of January 2005 the stadium hosted a charity concert in aid of the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. The Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh rock band, one of the biggest in Britain for a period in the late 1990s, known for their early wild exploits; the mysterious disappearance and alleged suicide of Richey James Edwards (Richey James, as he preferred to be known); and for a progression... A millennium is a period of time equal to one thousand years. ... ... Songs of Praise is a BBC television programme based on religion and ethics. ... January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Animation of the tsunami caused by the earthquake (see also the full-length version) The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time) on December 26, 2004. ... The tsunami that struck Malé in the Maldives on December 26, 2004. ...


Looking to the future, the stadium will stage some matches of the 2007 Rugby Union World Cup. It is also proposed as one of the football venues for the 2012 Olympics if London's bid is successful. The 2007 Rugby Union World Cup will be the sixth world cup in rugby history, hosted by France in the autumn of 2007. ... (Redirected from 2012 Olympics) Nine cities submitted bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and five have made it to the shortlist for hosting the Games of the XXX Olympiad. ... Greater London and the Regions of England. ...


The stadium has also on occasion been used as a venue for shooting film and televison productions. Dalek, an episode of the 2005 series of the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, was shot primarily on location at the stadium, using its underground areas to stand in for an underground base in Utah, United States in the year 2012. The location shooting for the episode took place during October and November 2004. The Hindi film Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham was also filmed there. Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of the entertainment industry. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... Dalek is an episode in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast on April 30, 2005. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... A broadcast of the long-running and popular British science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... The Doctor Who 2005 television series logo. ... State nickname: Beehive State Other U.S. States Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. ... 2012 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham(Released 2001) is a Bollywood film released in India and countries with large NRI populations on December 14, 2001. ...


See also

The Welsh national rugby team represent Wales at the nations national sport of rugby union, being the highest level of Welsh rugby. ... First International Scotland 4 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876) Largest win Wales 11 - 0 Ireland (Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888) Worst defeat Scotland 9 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878) World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1958) Best result Quarter-finals, 1958 European Championship Appearances none (First...

External link

  • Millennium Stadium (http://www.millenniumstadium.com/)

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The 74,000 seat stadium was completed in October 1999 at a cost of £130 million and is the first (and currently only) stadium in the UK to have the option of closing the roof.
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The stadium is a fully enclosed, large oval shape with the seating area divided into three tiers – upper, middle and lower – the middle tier also housing the executive boxes.
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