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Millennium Stadium is number one

Top venue for rugby, football, live music and monster truck racing!

Posted Aug 13, 2010 by John Casson

Millennium Stadium

Having attended sporting events at many different stadiums and complex’s up and down this fine nation, from cricket at Lord’s to football at Highbury to darts at the Reebox Stadium to motorcycling at Brands Hatch to rugby at Twickenham (I really have lived the dream!), there is one stadium that stands out above the rest….and it’s not my beloved City Ground, home of the mighty Nottingham Forest!

No, the finest venue for sport I have ever visited has to be the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

I was lucky enough to watch at Community Shield clash between Arsenal and Chelsea a few years back at this amazing stadium whilst the new Wembley was being built and it certainly lived up to it’s billing as one of the best.

And I can only imagine what it feels like when the Welsh rugby team come flying out of the tunnel for a Test match. I bet the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

For me, the stadium is perfect for four very simple reasons.

Number 1: The atmosphere generated inside the ground is incredible and the place can really rock.

Number 2: The seating was comfortable and spacious enough, even for the slightly larger gentleman!

Number 3: The food/drink wasn’t extortionately priced as it is in some venues.

Number 4: The toilets were clean and easy to find.

What more could you ask for from a stadium?

And apparently it’s not just me who shares this opinion. In 2009, the Millennium Stadium was named the best rugby stadium in the world by New Zealand Rugby World magazine. It beat Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium into second place.

And the beauty with this, as with many other modern day stadia, is that it has the potential to host more than just rugby.

The Millennium Stadium crowds can see anything from rugby, to football, to boxing, the monster truck racing, to live music. And it can hold 74,500 people.

But the most impressive stat is that this wonderful arena cost just £121million to construct. And I say ‘just’ because when you compare that to the new Wembley, which cost £798million, it is a bargain!

A great venue for sport and one day I hope to watch the Welsh play rugby there just to get a full feel for the atmosphere it can generate.

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