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Principality Stadium transformation begins

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The ‘Millennium Stadium’ sign has been taken down from the iconic venue’s Eastern exterior in readiness for its reincarnation as Principality Stadium.

The removal of the 5ft by 45ft metallic sign precedes the imminent official launch of a 10-year partnership between the Welsh Rugby Union and Principality Building Society.

Wales’ RBS 6 Nations 2016 second round clash with Scotland, on Saturday 13th February, will be the first event held at the newly renamed Principality Stadium and is already sold out.

Rihanna will perform at Principality Stadium in June as part of her world tour.

Horns banned at Millennium Stadium

With the World Cup just one month away, the Welsh Rugby Union are banning of the use of all horns at the Millennium Stadium. Fans are instead encouraged to support their teams through "singing and shouting".

Fans at the Millennium Stadium can sing and shout - but not use horns Credit: PA

While air horns are already banned from the stadium, the new rule now extends to all horns. Stewards will be encouraged to stop fans entering the venue with horns and even evict persistent offenders.

Our supporters are encouraged to generate noise through singing and shouting for their team but the intrusive use of these horns is extremely disruptive.

We have received feedback from supporters who have said the constant sound from these horns has distracted their attention from the action on the field and ruined their enjoyment of the games.

– Mark Williams, Millennium Stadium Manager

The ban will not apply to the Speedway Grand Prix events.


Millennium Stadium makeover

Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

The Millennium Stadium has been given a makeover ahead of events during the Summer.

Welsh rugby's hallowed turf has been covered with almost 9000 tiles providing a protective cover for the hybrid pitch.

Pop band One Direction will be the first to put the new flooring to the test when they bring their stage rig and over 100,000 fans to Cardiff in June.

New hybrid pitch unveiled at Millennium Stadium

The Millennium Stadium's new hybrid pitch has been officially unveiled by the Welsh Rugby Union.

The DESSO pitch - made from grass turf and synthetic material - replaces the old system of removable turf pallets, deemed unsuitable for the demands of modern rugby.

Head Groundsman Lee Evans, Wales scrum half Mike Phillips, Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates, WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis and Groundsman Craig Campbell launch the new pitch at the Millennium Stadium Credit: Credit: WRU

Chief Executive Roger Lewis said the new pitch would transform the playing surface and enhance the worldwide reputation of the home of Welsh rugby.

It has been unveiled in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday.


Brownies' stadium sleepover to mark centenary

The Brownies are celebrating 100 years of Girl Guiding Credit: PA

Around 1,200 Brownies woke up at the Millennium Stadium today, after taking part in the biggest Brownie sleepover ever in Wales.

The Welsh Brownies are celebrating a very special birthday as the year 2014 marks 100 years of adventure, friendship, community action and fun as Girlguiding's most iconic section - the Brownies - turns 100.

Welsh brownies celebrate 100 years with sleepover

Sleeping bags packed! Credit: PA

More than 1,000 brownies will arrive at the Millennium Stadium this evening for Wales' largest sleepover.

It's being held to celebrate 100 years since the iconic section of the Girl Guides began.

The girls will enjoy a disco and tribute band before going to bed and will wake up to street magic and circus skills.

It's a chance for brownies from all over Wales to get together and celebrate with a special girl-only adventure.

The countdown's started: 500 days to Rugby World Cup

An event marking 500 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup has been held at the Millennium Stadium this morning.

The stadium will host eight games during the tournament next summer.

First Minister Carwyn Jones AM and former Wales and British and Irish Lions players Scott Quinnell were among those at the event.

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