The Olympics Organisers Deny There's a Millennium Mix-Up; ARTS CENTRE - INSTEAD OF STADIUM - SHOWN IN ADVERT

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The Olympics Organisers Deny There's a Millennium Mix-Up; ARTS CENTRE - INSTEAD OF STADIUM - SHOWN IN ADVERT


Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON

ONE'S the home of Welsh sport, and the other is one of the country's foremost arts venues.

But now the committee organising the 2012 London Olympics has been accused of mixing up two iconic Welsh buildings after the production of an advertisement showing a goalkeeper saving a ball in front of the Wales Millennium Centre.

Next year's Olympic football matches will, in fact, take place at the Millennium Stadium.

Last night, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games insisted its ticketing advert for the matches to be held in the Millennium Stadium had always intended to feature the opera house - not a venue commonly associated with the world of football.

A spokeswoman for the WMC said: "This is a case of all publicity is good publicity for us. And of course we do know that we offer the hottest tickets in town. Anyone who attended We Will Rock You this week can vouch for that.

"WMC is an iconic landmark for Cardiff and for Wales, and the number one visitor attraction.

It has become one of the most recognised buildings in Britain, so it's understandable that people outside Wales designing an ad for Cardiff might first think of us.

"The similarity of our name with the Millennium Stadium can inevitably cause confusion - would you believe people still turn up at the front desk looking for the pitch? "Others ring up our Box Office for rugby and stadium concert tickets.

"On a serious note we do have a good working relationship with the Millennium Stadium, so we always direct customers back to them."

Former Plaid Cymru Heritage Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas said: "It would have to have been one hell of a kick for the ball to travel a mile-and-a-half across Grangetown and over the river to the Millennium Centre!

"It looks like someone has Googled 'Millennium' and 'Cardiff' and come up with the Millennium Centre rather than the stadium.

"It raises questions about what Wales is going to get out of next year's Olympics. …

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