#UCLFinal: 11 Facts About Principality Stadium in Cardiff
After Real Madrid survived the Atletico comeback scare at the Vicente Calderón stadium on Wednesday, all attention shifted to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, venue of the final of the 2017 UEFA Champions League.
On June 3, two European giants, Juventus and Real Madrid will lock horns for the biggest prize in Europe’s club football.
While fans globally get set for this historic night, we thought it wise to focus a bit on the magnificent Principality Stadium where the match will hold.
The name may not sound popular like Stade de France, Wembley…etc., but after this you will realize the Principality Stadium has been part of our lives as football fans for a long time.
In total, the first decade of the Principality Stadium boosted the Welsh economy to the tune of 1billion Pounds and with the 2017 Champions League final; the 74,500-capacity venue in the Welsh capital is set to go to another level in terms of global sporting exposure.
If you are traveling for the game, then these facts will do you some good:
1. The stadium was formerly called Millennium Stadium but was on January 22, 2016 renamed Principality Stadium as the result of a 10-year naming rights deal with the Principality Building Society.
2. The Millennium Stadium opened in June 1999. 56,000 tonnes of concrete and steel went into creating the stadium for which construction began in 1997.
3. The all-seater stadium has the capacity for 74,500 supporters and features a retractable roof, only the second stadium of its type in Europe, and the largest football stadium in the world with this feature, by capacity.
4. The Principality Stadium is the home of Welsh rugby and has hosted countless other events. Its first (Rugby) match saw Wales beat South Africa 29-19 in front of a test crowd of 29,000.
5. Football fans will remember the six FA Cup Finals, Welsh football internationals and 11 Olympic football matches during London 2012 which have taken place at the stadium.
6. In total, the stadium has hosted more than 350 events since 1999.
7. The biggest attendance for any event at the stadium saw 74,645 watch Wales' Six Nations decider with Ireland in 2009.
8. Major events at the stadium attract around 770,000 paying visitors each year while more than 50,000 people visit the venue annually for guided tours of the famous ground.
9. The Principality Stadium's activity generates more than £130million a year for the city region and sustains more than 2,500 permanent jobs, according to an independent report carried out by Econactive Ltd for the Welsh Rugby Union.
10. The Manic Street Preachers were the first music stars to perform at the Principality Stadium (as Millennium stadium) on New Year's Eve 1999.
The Blackwood band blazed a trail for a host of music icons to play under the roof at Europe's largest indoor arena including Madonna, Rolling Stones, U2, Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and Take That.
11. The stadium has SEVEN gates for access to the site; Gate 1 is from the River Walk via Castle Street (to the north), Gates 2 and 3 are via Westgate Street (to the east), Gate 4 is for Security only also via Westgate Street, Gate 5 is via Park Street (to the south) and Gates 6 and 7 are via the Millennium Plaza (also to the south).