April 23, 2012
-- A Vision Network heard today that Millennium Stadium bosses have vowed Cardiff’s iconic sporting venue will be ready when the eyes of the sporting world will be on Wales on July 25. The Millennium Stadium will host the first Olympic event at 4pm on July 25 when it stages a double-header of women’s football group games, 48 hours before the official opening ceremony in London. These are part of 11 matches to be held in Cardiff which include a GB men’s group game and the bronze medal play-off on August 10. But it is the first sporting action of London 2012 that the Millennium Stadium will first be judged on.
A source from A Vision Network, a Cardiff-based sales and marketing company said “Although the main bulk of the Olympic Games is based in London, the first event is here in Cardiff and everyone will be watching Millennium Stadium at that point. It’s important that we are ready and can project a good impression of Wales to the rest of the world.”
“We will be ready and our track record backs this up,” said Millennium Stadium general manager Gerry Toms. “Having the first event in Cardiff is very significant. Everyone will want to see what the first event looks like and there will be a huge media interest. There is a lot of pressure but we have the team here to deliver. It is surprising how quick the time flies and 100 days focuses the mind and gives a sense of reality. There is a lot of work left to be done but we are on track and the remaining plans are very detailed.”
“It’s a huge opportunity for Wales,” said our source from A Vision Network, “It’s not an event that happens locally very often, but Millennium Stadium is already an internationally respected sporting venue, and I’m sure that with the work being done we’ll be ready to face the challenge.”
Toms also indicated he was confident doubts over security. “Security is a major issue,” added the former Chief Superintendent of South Wales Police. “You must accept the Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world and that bring an increased profile and levels of security with it. Our objective is to create a safe and secure environment for athletes and the spectators.