VENUE GUIDES

Millennium Stadium - The Games Venue Guide

London 2012 football matches will be held in Cardiff from 25th July to 10th August.

A 150 mile, three-hour journey from London, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will be the scene of the very first competitive event of the 2012 Olympic Games, with the women’s football tournament commencing there on 25th July, 48 hours before the Opening Ceremony.

The stadium will host a series of football matches as the men’s and women’s tournaments progress, concluding with the men's bronze medal match.

Wales' national stadium and the home to the country's rugby union and football teams, the facility opened on the site of the old Cardiff Arms Park in time for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, at a cost of £121 million, following a two-year construction project.

Indeed the final of the ‘99 Rugby World Cup tournament was held on the ground, with Australia running out 35-12 winners over France.

Two years later it staged the world's first indoor rugby union Test when the retractable roof was closed for Wales' match against Australia.

Between 2001 and 2007 it hosted all of English football's major club finals while Wembley was being rebuilt, plus three rugby league Challenge Cup finals.

The Rugby World Cup also returned there in 2007 and it was a venue for the rugby league version of the global competition in 2000. Speedway's Grand Prix of Great Britain has been held there as well, along with boxing, rallying, equestrian and cricket events.

Sport is not its only use, though. It has also been employed for film and television productions, the Motor Show and music concerts.

Situated next to the River Taff in the centre of the Welsh capital, with a capacity of 74,500, the Millennium stadium is one of the finest sports facilities in Great Britain and will be a fitting host venue for Olympic competition.

Capacity: 74,500

Public facilities: There are 27 bars and 15 food and drink outlets in the stadium. The Games Mobility service will be present, plus there is a London 2012 Shop. There will also be London 2012 information points for venue and sports information, transport updates, lost and found services and pushchair and wheelchair storage.

History: The stadium was built in time to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup final and is the home of the Welsh national rugby and football teams.

What’s on? Football (25th July to 10th August).

How do you get there? As the stadium is situated right in the centre of Cardiff, public transport — rail or bus — is definitely the best method. Cardiff Central railway and bus stations are only five minutes' walk away. There will be a park-and-ride service if you do decide to travel by car to the Welsh capital for the Games.

Find it on the map: externalhttps://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Millennium+Stadium,+Westgate+Street,+Cardiff&hl=en&ll=51.478603,-3.1814&spn=0.021169,0.035319&sll=51.480024,-3.1777&sspn=0.021168,0.035319&t=h&hq=Millennium+Stadium,+Westgate+Street,+Cardiff&z=15None.

Location – in relation to other venues: A 150 mile, three-hour journey from London.