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'Record number' of people visited Cardiff for Champions League

A record number of people came to Cardiff city centre for the UEFA Champions League final, according to Cardiff Council.

Streets were closed around the city centre to make way for the thousands of people visiting for the event Credit: PA Images

A total of 314, 264 people came into the capital to soak up the atmosphere of the men's final on 3 June - smashing the previous record by almost 44,000 people.

The previous record - 270,421 - was set on 17 March when Wales won a third Six Nations Grand Slam
Real Madrid's win saw Cardiff's Gareth Bale lift the infamous trophy for the third time Credit: PA Images

Monitoring of city centre footfall began in 1999 when the first camera was installed on the front of Boots in Queen Street. Full monitoring began in 2007.

The figures are digitally recorded with cameras across the city showing the footfall for specific streets in the city centre.

The Hayes was the busiest street in the capital with almost 90,000 people passing through
Crowds celebrate with Cristiano Ronaldo after his goal at the National Stadium of Wales Credit: PA Images

Juventus and Real Madrid fans traveled from all over the world to Cardiff for the final.

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The event saw a huge security operation involving police forces from around the UK, including armed police and road closures.

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Hosting an event of this scale shouldn't be underestimated and all of the authorities involved have done their city proud.

Some believe this was just 90 minutes of football, but it was far more than that. The Council played a pivotal role in making this event a success and once again, the city has delivered.

I appreciate that there was some disruption due to the necessary security arrangements that had to be put in place, but with the very sad news that we have seen in both Manchester and London, I think the public realise security and keeping people safe is of paramount importance.

This wasn't just a football match in the Principality Stadium, it was an opportunity to make our city shine to a global audience, to market ourselves as an up and coming city that has so much to offer and we did exactly that, and I am proud that we have delivered.

– Cllr Russell Goodway, Cardiff Council

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