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Wales football chief to discuss possible return to Principality Stadium with WRU

29 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Principality Stadium. Picture by Seth Whales (CC BY-SA 3.0).

The new chief executive of the Football Association of Wales says it is possible that Wales could play games at the Principality Stadium again.

Speaking to PA’s Wales sports reporter Phil Blanche, Noel Mooney said: “We’ll speak to the WRU late next week. Absolutely we’re in discussions with them. It’s something we could well do. Why not?”

Wales have played only once at the home of Welsh rugby since 2011 – a 4-1 defeat to Spain in October 2018.

The international side’s current home, the Cardiff City Stadium is hugely popular with the Red Wall and something of a fortress for Wales having qualified for the European Championship finals in 2016 and 2020.

Glamour sides

Mooney added: “We have an agreement with Cardiff City Stadium and everyone really likes going there. But we just have to make sure if Cardiff City Stadium is not available. Or if there’s a real big feeling that people want to go to the Principality Stadium.”

With Wales having been promoted to the top tier of the Nations League next year they will come up against the best European national sides and also a potential World Cup play-off game.

The feeling is that Wales could potentially attract large crowds if they come up against some of the large glamour sides such as World Cup winners, France and European Championship winners, Italy.

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Jack
Jack
23 days ago

Should be focusing on filling the Cardiff City Stadium first!

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
23 days ago
Reply to  Jack

Agreed, but what if the Cardiff City Stadium is filled and there’s thousands more who want to see us play the European champions?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
23 days ago
Reply to  Jack

If it allows twice as many fans to attend, earns FAW twice as much money and helps WRU support grassroots rugby clubs in our communities it sounds a bit win-win to me. I was given comp tickets to see Wales v Romania there in 1993 in the old stadium and the place was rocking.with 40,000 plus. I am not a football fan and Wales lost but it was a great occasion.

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
23 days ago

I know….let’s stop potentially tens of thousands of people going to watch Wales, and lets stay in the CCS!!

Eifion
Eifion
22 days ago

Being realistic, it’s only a couple of times in the last 20 years that they’d fill the stadium, nothing worse than 30 or 40 thousand in a stadium that size.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
22 days ago
Reply to  Eifion

When the welsh football team was doing well under the likes of mark hughes and terry yorath filling it wasnt a problem…

R W
R W
22 days ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

And the team”s been doing even better in recent years.

lee burgess
lee burgess
22 days ago

Why Play in a Rugby stadium ??

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