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Summer Sunshine at the Millennium Stadium?

Millennium Stadium pitch lighting 2

This make look as though Cardiff's Millennium Stadium pitch is bathed in bright summer sunshine but in fact, the photo was taken at 7pm on January 1st 2016 when the rest of Cardiff was huddled in midwinter darkness.

The Millennium is the best rugby stadium in the world and the cathedral for Welsh rugby. It has excellent facilities and the atmosphere at a game is without equal. It even has a closable roof; yes, we can play rugby indoors in Cardiff! But this has one drawback; a lack of light for the grass to grow. Hence the intense electric lighting in midwinter.

We see the stadium on two of our Cardiff walking tours, the Essential Cardiff Walking Tour and Cardiff and the World Wars.

There is an excellent stadium tour available but best of all, if you can get a ticket, go to a game. Seeing Wales play at the Millennium Stadium is one of the great sporting events of the world and you will not be disappointed, unless, of course, you decide to support whichever nation Wales happens to be beating at the time.

The Welsh Rugby Union has recently completed a new sponsorship deal with the Principality Building Society and the stadium will be renamed as the Principality Stadium in late January 2016.