The Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales and the third largest stadium in Britain.
The stadium was built to host the final at the 1999 Rugby World Cup and replaced Wales’ previous national stadium, the Cardiff Arms Park, which by that time had gotten severely outdated and lacked the facilities to stage such final.
Construction of the Millennium Stadium began in 1997 and was completed in 1999 at a total cost of £114 million. The first match played at the stadium was a rugby friendly between Wales and South Africa. The first football match was a friendly between the Welsh and Finnish national teams in March 2000.
During the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium, the Millennium Stadium hosted the FA Cup and League Cup finals as well as the FA Community Shield.
In its first decade, the stadium was the standard playing venue of the Welsh national team, however with declining attendances and smaller modern alternatives available in the Liberty Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium, the Welsh team played most of its Euro 2012 qualifying matches at one of these smaller stadiums.
The stadium has a fully retractable roof, which can be opened in 20 minutes and is being held up by four 90-metre high masts.