City of Cardiff

The Rugby Union World Cup held at the Millennium Stadium.

During the autumn of 1999, the Rugby World Cup came to Cardiff at The Millennium Stadium. For those who know Cardiff the old National Stadium/Cardiff Arms Park has been demolished along with other buildings including the T.A. centre, the B.T. telephone exchange and The Empire Swimming Pool. The latter was not a popular move as the promised replacement has not been built and now looks to be in doubt. The new ground is now complete and a graphic is shown above. Pictures of the building works as it took place are on the next page. The new pitch is at right angles to the old one and now runs parallel to the River Taff. A walkway has been built over the river which should have a steadier level of water now that the Cardiff Bay Barrage is complete. Features of the new stadium are a moveable pitch, on 7,500 pallets, to ensure that areas of wear and tear are redistributed when required and a sliding roof to keep out the worst of the weather when other events such as concerts are staged. A 72,500 capacity with 16 bars complete with the ultimate beer pump, 28 food outlets, 8 retail outlets, 125 hospitality boxes, 4 changing rooms, 95 toilets, 380 wheelchair places in a stadium some 55 metres in height, with the roof masts towering over it all at 93 metres height. Although originaly built for the World Cup of rugby it is now staging the games that were held at Wembley which is being demolished and rebuilt. The F.A. cup, The Worthington Cup, Football League play off games and The Community Trophy are currently all played here. Added to this is the Wales football team who are currently playing very well.

Progress of Millennium Stadium building works and other pictures.

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