Millennium Stadium

In 1995 Populous was commissioned by Cardiff County Council and The Welsh Rugby Union to develop a concept design for a new multi-use venue to replace the existing Cardiff Arms Park in time to become the main venue for the Rugby World Cup competition in 1999.

Spectator facilities and hospitality accommodation in the existing stadium fell well below the standards now expected and seating capacity reductions, a result of conversion from standing to seated accommodation, undermined the 65,000 capacity envisaged by the WRFU’s existing stadium master plan prepared in the 60’s.

In response to these problems, the new Millennium Stadium, the first to be built in the UK with an acoustically insulated retractable roof and the largest capacity of its kind in the world, accomodates all types of sports, leisure, and cultural events to take place year-round and at all times of day. The new stadium was a catalyst for the regeneration of Cardiff city centre.

The stadium interiors has a three-tiered profile, the middle of which provides club and corporate seating with private Hospitality boxes to the rear overlooking the arena.

Stadium user accommodation is arranged over six levels and includes food and beverage concessions ranging from fast food to reserved table restaurants, merchandising franchises and retail outlets, a Museum of sport, childcare facilities, all designed to allow access for disabled persons, and supported by extensive toilet facilities. Spectator accommodation has been designed with degrees of flexibility which allow the stadium to adapt and compete in a rapidly changing environment.

The city centre siting of the stadium allows easy pedestrian links with existing public transport terminals.