The Millennium Stadium has been praised by officials at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.

The home of Welsh sport hosted  11 matches for the Olympic football tournament, including the first sporting event of London 2012 and a nail-biting Team GB men's quarter-final.

LOCOG Venue General Manager Peter Withers said: "The Olympic football tournament in Cardiff has been a huge success and I am proud to have worked at such a fantastic venue as the Millennium Stadium. Hundreds of thousands of fans have travelled to Cardiff over 11 games and with the Millennium Stadium occupying such a superb location in the city-center the atmosphere in and around the stadium has been electric.

"Supporters of all nationalities have enjoyed the family-friendly mood and there's been a feeling of genuine Olympic spirit outside of London,” he added. "The venue and the city of Cardiff has attracted positive feedback from so many people involved."

Over 400,000 thousand football fans watched the football action inside the Millennium Stadium during the London 2012 Games and, for over 60,000 visitors, the occasion was extra special when the fully-retractable roof closed for what was the first-ever indoor Olympic football event.

"As well as being the only Olympic football stadium with a roof," added Mr Withers. "There is another reason that the stadium is world-renowned for hosting major sports and entertainment events and that's the people behind the scenes.

"It's been a delight to work with such a positive team of professionals at the Millennium. There's a wealth of knowledge and a remarkable can-do attitude under that retractable roof and I'm hugely grateful to everyone for their enthusiasm and support."


Posted on 18/08/2012