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has rated The Millennium Stadium (Principality Stadium) 5.0 out of 5.

ronaldinhollew's review of The Millennium Stadium (Principality Stadium)

As a Welshman I've been to the Millenium Stadium plenty of times for football and rugby.

It's definitely one of the best stadia on Earth. Not just because of the architecture, but because of the atmosphere it can generate and the top location.

Most new stadia are built on the outskirts of cities, but the Millenium is in the heart of Cardiff, and has become the centre of the Welsh capital since 1999. The structure dominates the Cardiff skyline, and looks brilliant. Its striking spikes and elegant style has made this one of the world's most recognisable stadia.

Inside the bowl is steep and can add to a fiery atmosphere, especially when the roof above the pitch is closed. 72,000 seats, and when it's full it packs a heck of a noise.

As a Welshman this stadium fills me with pride.

Location

Can't get a better location for a stadium.

A short walk from the stadium are hundreds of bars and restaurants in Cardiff city centre. This means that wherever you are in Cardiff you know there's a game on. You see the colour and the passion on the streets.

Parking can be tricky because you're coming with 72,000 others, but you'll eventually find one. Sophia Gardens is a good bet.

It certainly isn't difficult to find; clearly visible from the M4, you can see it from almost everywhere in the city.

Cardiff train station is right next to Gate 7, though be aware there are sometimes queues after games for trains.

View

Plenty of leg-room and the view is exceptional, wherever you are. It's a real experience sitting at the back of the top tier (not advised for sufferers of vertigo!) from there everything looks microscopic.

Facilities

Plenty of toilets and a wide concourse that stretches all around the stadium.

Food & Drink

The usual matchday foods, at the usual prices.

The bars sell lager, as well as Cardiff's own Brain's SA bitter, straight from the brewery next door. The stuff of life!

Police & Stewards

Because the stadium is in the middle of the city, it can be difficult to keep a check on fans. I remember the police having lots of trouble before the Wales vs England football match in 2005. But on the whole policing is good.

Stewards are brilliant, and they're all very used to big events.

Atmosphere

It clearly depends on who's playing, but when it's full you're guaranteed to have a great atmosphere. When the roof is closed it keeps the noise inside the stadium and that's really something special.

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Ratings for The Millennium Stadium (Principality Stadium)

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LocationAspect 1 rating: 5.0 stars
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FacilitiesAspect 3 rating: 5.0 stars
Food & DrinkAspect 4 rating: 4.0 stars
Police & StewardsAspect 5 rating: 4.0 stars
AtmosphereAspect 6 rating: 4.5 stars
OverallOverall rating: 4.0 stars

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