Football fans have welcomed news that Wales will not be playing a match at the Principality Stadium in 2017.
In a meeting with fans, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) confirmed the team will be staying put at their current home, the Cardiff City Stadium.
Wales supporter Chris Leek says the atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium is ‘the best it’s ever been’. Leek compared it with when Wales played in front of empty seats at the Principality Stadium in the mid 2000s, when Welsh football was ‘in the doldrums’. There was support for Leek on social media.
Today I watched my first Wales rugby game, I much prefer watching the football, this ends my review of Welsh rugby
— Chris Roberts (@chrisroberts96) November 19, 2016
An attractive money making chance was on the table for Gareth Bale and his team mates to play a friendly at Wales’ largest stadium next March. The Principality Stadium holds 74,500 fans, twice as much as the Cardiff City Stadium where games have been selling out in recent years.
The Principality Stadium was recently used for the national rugby team’s Autumn friendlies but only one game sold out and there were a number of comments about a poor atmosphere at the venue.
A chance to play in the Principality Stadium would have made the FAW more money through ticket sales. It would also have been a good chance to prepare for the Champions League final which will be at the stadium on June 3rd next year. The Champions League is one of the largest club tournaments in the world and it will be the first time the final is held in Cardiff.