Since opening in June 1999, the Millennium Stadium has welcomed, on average, over 1.3 million visitors per year. Sporting the first fully-retractable roof in the UK, the venue is at the leading edge as a multi-purpose, multi-faceted event venue.
The Millennium Stadium boasts a UEFA 5-Star rating and has hosted matches from two Rugby World Cups including the Final in 1999, witnessed two Wales Grand Slam successes in the RBS Six Nations, staged six showpiece FA Cup Finals plus hosted the major artists of the music business with a plethora of major concerts and motorsports events on its CV.
The installation of a partition drape system in July 2005 now means that the bowl of the Millennium Stadium can be used for multiple concert mode configurations and for staging exhibitions. Millennium Stadium will also play its part in the London 2012 Olympics as a host venue for the football competition.
The Millennium Stadium is established as a world class must play, must visit venue and has played home to five major sporting bodies over the last eight years.
Address: Millennium Stadium
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Millennium Stadium is situated within five minutes walk of Cardiff Central Railway Station.
Passengers can access the Stadium by leaving the station's main entrance on the Northern side and bearing left at the exit for Gates 5, 6 and 7 via Wood Street or by bearing straight ahead from the exit to Westgate Street for Gates 4, 3, 2 continuing around to Gate 1 on Castle Street.
Main Line Connections
Cardiff Central operates First Great Western main line connection routes to and from London, Birmingham, Manchester, South West England and West Wales.
Cardiff Central operates Arriva Trains Wales branch line connections to Ebbw Vale, Rhymney, Merthyr, Treherbert, Aberdare, Coryton, Penarth and Barry.
Millennium Stadium is situated within five minutes walk of Cardiff Central Bus Station which is located next to Cardiff Central Railway Station.
Passengers can access the Stadium by exiting the bus station and bearing left along Wood Street for Gates 5, 6 and 7 or by bearing right along Wood Street to Westgate Street for Gates 4, 3, 2 continuing around to Gate 1 on Castle Street.
On non-event days, certain bus services stop on Castle Street, near to Gate 1, Westgate Street near Gates 2, 3 and 4 and Wood Street approximately two minutes walk from Gates 5, 6 and 7. Please follow the link below to check the availabilityand routes of these services.
Cardiff City Centre can be reached along the M4:
From the East
By leaving the M4 at J28 and taking the A48 West and following signs for the City Centre.
From the North
By leaving the M4 at J32 and taking the A470 South and following signs for the City Centre.
Both East and North routes converge on North Road (A470). Follow North Road to it's conclusion and bear right into Castle Street (A4161) (Cardiff Castle will be on your right hand side). Proceed along Castle Street through the first set of traffic lights. At the second set of traffic lights turn left into Westgate Street (the Angel Hotel will be on your left hand side). Gate 4 of the Millennium Stadium is approximately 200 metres ahead on the right hand side.
From the West
By leaving the M4 at J33 and taking the A4232 East and following signs for the City Centre.
It is our aim to ensure that there are no barriers to the use of the Millennium Stadium by disabled people. The Stadium has been designed with independence in mind and it is our intention to provide accessible information about the Stadium's facilities and use.
Access to the Millennium Stadium is across level plazas with no steps and no ramps steeper than 1:20. Wheelchair users and other disabled spectators enter the Millennium Stadium with all other spectators, through the same turnstiles and through the same entrances.
From the North - Along the Riverwalk to Gate 1
From the East - Across Westgate Plaza to Gate 3
From the South - Across Millennium Plaza to Gates 6 & 7
Stewards will direct spectators to nearby lifts as appropriate.
There are no specific areas of the ground that facilitate access for the ambulant disabled, however, there are several seats which can be accessed easily by those persons using crutches, sticks or walking frames. Please call 029 2082 2145 for more information before you book your tickets.
A number of Disabled Car Parking spaces are available and can be reserved by prior arrangement with the Stadium management. Allocation of passes for these spaces will be addressed on an event-by-event basis. For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toilet facilities for disabled spectators are all easily accessible. To prevent misuse, these toilets are now accessible using Radar keys. For further information on Radar keys please visit http://www.radar.org.uk/. The schedule of toilet provision at each level is as follows:
Level 3 - 14 disabled unisex WCs
Level 4 - 4 disabled unisex WCs
Level 6 - 4 disabled unisex WCs
Level 5 - Hospitality Private boxes at Level 5 are all wheelchair accessible and 4 disabled unisex WCs are available at this level
These are located close to the accessible viewing areas at all levels. Counter and queuing areas are designed and positioned to enable independent access whilst not impeding circulation routes. Millennium Stadium management recognises that disabled people may find it difficult to access facilities during the limited and congested periods at half-time and therefore operate a refreshment order service in conjunction with stewards.
For Millennium Stadium and Welsh Rugby Union controlled events, disabled spectators pay the full price for tickets with one companion (if required) admitted for free. Where control over the availability of event tickets does not reside with the Stadium, the pricing policy will be determined by the event promoter. Please submit an enquiry if you are attending an externally promoted event.
Stewarding for Disabled Spectators
A dedicated body of stewards with particular responsibilities for offering assistance to disabled spectators as required will be deployed at all appropriate locations within the Stadium. They have all undertaken specific disability awareness training. A refreshment order service utilising these stewards is available for those disabled spectators who request it.
Guide Dogs will be permitted in the Stadium by prior arrangement with management. In order to provide sufficient room and comfort for the dogs they will be restricted to the wheelchair terracing at the rear of the lower tier of seating on Level 3. Emergency Evacuation
Millennium Stadium plc recognises that the safety and welfare of spectators is paramount in the successful operation of the Stadium. It has to plan carefully for every eventuality, and emergency evacuation procedures have been developed by Stadium Management in consultation with the Safety Committee of the Local Authority.
The evacuation plan will depend on the location of any incident and the location of wheelchair positions. For example, different procedures will be followed for the spaces on Levels 4 & 6 compared to those at Level 3. Spectators are requested at all times to follow the directions and advice of the appointed stewards. Dedicated lifts will be available for the evacuation of wheelchair users at Levels 4, 5 and 6.
Wheelchair Accessible Terraces
Provision for wheelchair users is available throughout the ground at all levels. Level 3 64 spaces plus 64 companions Level 4 28 spaces plus 28 companions Level 6 64 spaces plus 64 companions
Provision at Level 3 is flexible to allow various combinations of wheelchair users, friends and family subject to prior notification to Stadium management. Spaces on the upper levels are reached via lifts and level access. All Level 5 Hospitality Boxes are wheelchair accessible via lifts and level access.
Ten wheelchairs supplied by Invacare (UK) Ltd are available for use by spectators at the Millennium Stadium to provide easy, escorted access to their seats. Please note that these chairs cannot be pre-booked, however, disabled team stewards are deployed at all entrances prior to kick off and provide highly efficient customer care before and after the game.
Millennium Stadium wheelchairs cannot be used in the disabled seating bays - chairs must be available to use at all times and cannot be booked for a whole event's use. Spectators wishing to hire wheelchairs in Cardiff can do so via the local Shopmobility or Bush Healthcare.
Millennium Stadium plc is indebted to the Wooden Spoon Charity for its support in the provision of wheelchair terraces at the Stadium and in facilities for wheelchair users at the refreshment outlets.