The Principality Stadium may be best known as the home of Welsh rugby but its role in modern city life doesn’t stop there. JLL Real Views explores what makes it a Welsh urban icon.
For Neil Thomas, Interior Design Team Head at Tetris UK, part of JLL, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff has the critical role of protecting and promoting Wales’ national sport – one that commands fervent support from the legions of rugby fans both living in the city and further afield, something he knows firsthand being Welsh and studying interior architecture in Cardiff. With four masts 90 meters high, the stadium is visible from all parts of its low-rise home city, a geographical and cultural landmark finished in the colours of the Union Jack.
Originally known as the Millennium Stadium, the building was purpose-built for the 1999 Rugby World Cup – and it replaced Wales’ previous “home of rugby”, the Cardiff Arms Park stadium. “There was such a level of culture and history associated with the former stadium that the new stadium had big boots to fill – and that, it’s done plentifully,” Thomas says.
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