The book “Homes of British Speedway” describes the stadium thus: “The superbly appointed Millennium Stadium was constructed on a site that had previously housed Cardiff Arms Park and the Commonwealth Games 50 metre swimming pool, with the work commencing on 27th April 1997. John Laing Construction Ltd carried out the huge building job at the fixed price contract of £99 million. An amazing amount of materials went into the construction,including 40,000 tonnes of concrete, 12,000 tonnes of structural steel, 38,000 square metres of roof cladding, 24,000 square metres of wall cladding and 34,000 square metres of block work. The venue was built with a retractable roof that featured 220 metres of sliding mechanism that ensured smooth opening and closing within just twenty minutes.
The stadium boasts a total capacity of 73,434 spread over four levels and includes 23 bars, 14 food and beverage outlets and 126 hospitality boxes. A gate of 29,000 witnessed the first event at the venue,when Wales faced South Africa in an international rugby match on 26 June 1999.”
As far as speedway is concerned the venue is used to stage the British Grand Prix once a year, the first year was 2001 and the stadium has hosted the event every year since.
The photo above is from the John Somerville Collection and was taken during a Grand Prix meeting 2003