Millenium Stadium - a Sustainable Approach?

2000 Word Report

Sustainable Business

Anthony Plumridge

“Although the Millennium Stadium has created a sustainable existence for itself, has this developed an unsustainable future for Cardiff’s city centre?”

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Originally proposed in 1994, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium was seen as the long term successor to the City’s 30-year old National Stadium. The 72,500 all seated venue cost an estimated £130 Million with £46 Million of this obtained directly from Lottery Funding and the rest from commercial loans.
Since its completion in 1999 the stadium has become home to Wales’ international Rugby and Football teams. The stadium has also hosted a variety of national and international sporting events including the FA Cup Final and Charity Shield Final on several occasions during the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium.
The stadiums retractable roof makes it a multi-functional stadia and one of only three in Europe with this new technology. This has allowed the stadium to be used for more than just sporting events as it provides a barrier to adverse weather conditions enabling events such as concerts, trade fairs, live shows and large scale conferences.
Besides the Millennium Stadiums’ commercial uses mentioned above, it is also seen as a tourist attraction offering tours and memorabilia. Thus, attracting many sporting and non sporting tourists to Cardiff and the surrounding area who are intrigued by its modern day design and advanced technology levels.


The following report looks at how the Millennium Stadium has created a sustainable environment for itself. The report further considers the economic and environmental impacts this has had upon the city and its surrounding area.
More specifically the report is built upon a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) Framework with “Economic” and “Environment” being the main focuses as “Social” has little relevance in this instance. Each element is identified and analysed...