Millennium Stadium
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Full name Millennium Stadium
Stadiwm y Mileniwm
Owners Welsh Rugby Union
Location Westgate Street
Cardiff, Wales
Broke ground 1997
Opened 26 June 1999
Tenants Wales
Capacity 74,500
Field dimensions 120 x 79 m
Surface Grass (1999–2014)
Desso (2014–present)

The Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital city, Cardiff. It is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and also frequently stages games of the Wales national football team. Initially built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup, it has gone on to host many other large-scale events, such as the Tsunami Relief concert, the Super Special Stage of Wales Rally Great Britain, the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain, and numerous music concerts.

The Millennium Stadium is owned by Millennium Stadium plc which is a subsidiary company of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). The stadium was designed by a team led by architects Bligh Lobb Sports Architecture, who merged to become HOK Sport Venue Event, which would be renamed Populous in early 2009. WS Atkins were the structural engineers, and the building contractor was Laing. The total construction cost of the stadium was £121 million, of which the Millennium Commission funded £46 million.

The stadium opened in June 1999, and the first major event to be held was an international rugby union match on 26 June 1999, when Wales beat South Africa in a friendly by 29–19, before a test crowd of 29,000. With total seating capacity of 74,500, it is the third largest stadium in the Six Nations Championship behind the Stade de France and Twickenham, which is the largest. It is also the second largest stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof, and was the second stadium in Europe to have this feature.

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FA Cup stadiums

1872: Kennington Oval · 1873: Lillie Bridge · 1874-1892: Kennington Oval · 1893: Fallowfield Stadium · 1894: Goodison Park · 1895-1914: Crystal Palace · 1915: Old Trafford · 1920-1922: Stamford Bridge · 1923-2000: Wembley Stadium · 2001-2006: Millennium Stadium · 2007-Present: Wembley Stadium

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 Austria: Ernst Happel
 England: Old Trafford · Wembley
 France: Stade de France
 Germany: HSH Nordbank Arena · Olympiastadion · Olympiastadion · Signal Iduna Park · Veltins Arena
 Greece: Olympic Stadium
 Italy: San Siro · Stadio Olimpico
 Netherlands: Amsterdam ArenA · Feijenoord Stadion
 Portugal: Estadio da Luz · Estadio do Dragao · Estadio Jose Alvalade
 Russia: Luzhniki Stadium
 Scotland: Hampden Park · Ibrox Stadium
 Spain: Camp Nou · Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys · Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla · Santiago Bernabéu · Vicente Calderon
 Turkey: Ataturk Olympic Stadium · Sukru Saracoglu Stadium
 Ukraine: Donbass Arena
 Wales: Millennium Stadium

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