Principality Stadium is the third largest stadium in the UK originally designed to host the Rugby World Cup in 1999. Today it welcomes around 1.3 million visitors every year and holds grand events, such as Champions League final. Find out what is so special about rugby and why it should be on your must-visit list.
Principality Stadium is the next destination after the Cardiff Castle proposed in the "Get to know Cardiff" walk. There are tours around the stadium running almost every day for those interested in exploring this landmark. See the booking details to make an online reservation.
For the best impressions, however, you need to see an actual game. I was advised to visit a rugby match since my arrival to Cardiff on few occasions. Funny enough, I'm neither rugby nor a soccer fan, but loved the experience. I'd say, few things made it so special:
→ The rugby match is a big thing. It brings together supporters from all over the country. Cardiff is normally full of fans on the day of the game - everyone is singing, chanting and buzzing with excitement.
→ The opening of the game is spectacular. It's an impressive and visually beautiful ceremony.
→ It's unique. I come from the culture dominated by soccer, so rugby is definitely something new.
→ Great spirit from fans. Perhaps, it was the best part to me, as the atmosphere is warm & cheerful during the game. Or maybe I was just so lucky.
Welsh are great supporters indeed. It's considered that the tradition of singing anthems was invented in Wales, on the same place, where the Principality Stadium stands today. It happened in 1905 during the match between New Zeland and Wales. New Zealanders traditionally perform a national warrior dance Haka before each game. On the 16th of November, the Welsh team spontaneously responded by singing the national anthem “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau”, and it was immediately picked up by the crowd.
So if you happen to be in Cardiff during the rugby match and don’t mind attending crowded events – give it a try. This experience will add some unique memories and impressions to your stay in the Welsh Capital.