The UEFA Champions League soccer final attracted the highest ever number of people into Cardiff city centre – smashing the previous record by almost 44,000, it was announced today.
A total of 314,264 people came into the city to soak up the atmosphere of the men’s final on Saturday, June 3.
The previous record – 270,421 – was set on Saturday March 17, 2012, when Wales secured the Six Nations rugby grand slam by beating France 16-9 in the then Millennium Stadium.
The June 3 game saw Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 to lift the coveted UEFA Champions League Trophy at the National Stadium of Wales (the name of the Principality Stadium for the event).
Monitoring of city centre footfall began in 1999 when the first camera was installed on the front of Boots in Queen Street. Full monitoring began in 2007. The figures are digitally recorded with cameras across the city showing the footfall for specific streets in the city centre.
The busiest streets on June 3 were High Street, 74,328; Queen Street, 81,308; St Mary Street, 51,426; and The Hayes, 88,939.
Cllr Russell Goodway, cabinet member for investment and development, praised the authorities who worked so hard to put on this event: “I appreciate that there was some disruption due to the necessary security arrangements that had to be put in place, but with the very sad news that we have seen in both Manchester and London, I think the public realise security and keeping people safe is of paramount importance.
“The highest footfall ever recorded in Cardiff builds on Cardiff’s brand, as a city which can deliver the biggest sporting events in the world, as well as so much more.”