Welsh Liberal Democrats welcome NFL interest in Millennium Stadium

2011 Rhagfyr 2 3:45 PM

Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed news that National Football League executives from the USA have met with representatives of the Millennium Stadium about the possibility of holding a game at the stadium next autumn.

The NFL already stages one game a year at Wembley and it has been reported that representatives are looking to hold a second game in Europe. The Millennium Stadium is thought to be in the running, alongside other European stadiums in Holland, Ireland, German and Spain.

It was a Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto pledge to bid for a major American Football game.

Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Heritage, said:

"It was in the Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto for Wales to bid for an NFL game so I am thrilled that the option is under consideration by National Football League representatives.

"The Ryder Cup was a wonderful success and showcased Wales to the rest of the world. The event raised our profile and also gave our tourism industry a welcomed boost. This is something we should be building on, and hosting an NFL game would do just that."

Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Business and Assembly Member for South Wales Central said:

"If the Millennium Stadium was selected to hold this event, then Cardiff would also play host to a week-long festival designed to attract visitors. Not only would this bring to our capital city millions of pounds, but it would also go a long way in strengthening our links with American businesses and encourage inward investment."

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