Partnership Is Key to Success, French Stadium Bid Team Told; DELEGATION'S FACT-FINDING MISSION TO MILLENNIUM
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A DELEGATION from a regional consortium looking to host a new stadium in the shadow of Paris Orly Airport has been in Cardiff to boost their bid.
The French delegation, from the Thiais Orly region on the southern edge of the centre of Paris, are putting together a bid to host the new stadium for the French Rugby Federation (FFR).
With the Millennium Stadium seen as an economic driver for Cardiff, the French delegation held talks with stadium management and other key stakeholders in the city region. The visit was co-ordinated by Cardiff & Co, the company set up to promote the Cardiff city region.
The FFR wants a multi-purpose 82,000-seat stadium as the home of French rugby. The Thiais Orly group is offering a development that would include shops, bars, business park and an urban park. The new stadium's location would then mirror that of Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, which sits right at the heart of the capital.
Gerry Toms, general manager of the Millennium Stadium, said: "We were able to share with our French colleagues some of the ways in which we have been able to attract a wide range of events.
"Our rugby is assured, but for the stadium to be successful we have to be able to stage concerts, exhibitions, and a whole raft of events that might not normally be associated with a large stadium.
"Our guests were also interested in how the stadium blends with the life of the city centre and co-operates with the public bodies in the region - we were able to share some of our experiences there. …